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Vatican confirms Massachusetts parish closings

November 11, 2011

The Vatican has upheld a decision by the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts to close 3 parishes, rejecting a canonical appeal by parishioners. However, the Vatican decision said that the three parish churches should not be sold.

The decision is in line with a series of recent Vatican rulings that uphold the right of a bishop to close or merge parishes, but call for the church buildings to remain intact and available for religious use.

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