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i 'm looking to get info on all catholic churches in Europe. Specifically, I'd love to get:

their address Denomination Active/Not Contact Info (website, email, phone) and any other info I can get.

well we ve got several approaches:

  • use overpass-tubro.eu;
  • we can get a list of all "places of worship" by downloading bulk osm files from geofabrik.de and then using use osmfilter or osmosis to select only certain tags, for example: wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity=place_of_worship

to use the Open StreetMap data with Nominatom for a base file. This should get the #1 and then we can get #2 just by text mining their titles. For #3 I believe the closest you'll get is just to use the most recent available data. For #4 I think we'd need to do original data scraping from the Internet - at least to get their websites (I'm not sure on this one, actually).

btw: see a List of Catholic dioceses (structured view) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_dioceses_(structured_view)#Episcopal_Conference_of_France

As of May 31, 2018, the Catholic Church in its entirety comprises 3,160 ecclesiastical jurisdictions, including over 645 archdioceses and 2,236 dioceses, as well as apostolic vicariates, apostolic exarchates, apostolic administrations, apostolic prefectures, military ordinariates, personal ordinariates, personal prelatures, territorial prelatures, territorial abbacies and missions sui juris around the world.

do you know more ways to go ahead and find the appropiate dataset

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Have you seen this ? I google it and try to see if there's any and it came up...

https://catholic-geo-hub-cgisc.hub.arcgis.com/pages/a-globalchurch

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    hello dear Probert - many many thanks.
    – zero
    May 18 at 12:26

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