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Boston church asks Vatican to stop its sale

March 15, 2011

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BOSTON—Parishioners at a closed Roman Catholic church have asked the Vatican to stop the Boston Archdiocese's attempts to sell the building.

Former parishioners at Boston's Holy Trinity Church, recently listed for $2.3 million, made the request Monday. They argue the archdiocese hasn't completed a required process to convert the building to secular use.

A spokesman said the archdiocese knows it can't sell the property until that process is completed. He said the archdiocese would consult with the Holy Trinity group.

Groups at seven other closed churches in the archdiocese have made identical requests to the Vatican.

In January, the Vatican upheld appeals by three Springfield parishioner groups, rejecting attempts to close their church buildings, but backing the closing of the parishes -- broader territorial entities the churches are part of.