So far this year, roughly half of converts to Christianity in Vienna have been Muslim, according to reports
About half of the 83 adults to have been approved for baptism in Vienna are Muslims, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, according to Friederike Dostal of the Austrian Bishops’ conference, Austrian website Kurier reports.
This has increased from one third in 2015.
While the number of refugees in the country will have impacted the figures this year, the preparation time for baptism is one year, so the numbers are expected to be higher in 2017.
The Archdiocese in Vienna is currently handling between five and 10 baptism requests by adults per week.