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Pontiff Rejects Boston Parish Appeals
Staff Reports,
03:50PM / Tuesday, January 04, 2011

BOSTON — The pope has rejected the pleas of parishes in the Boston Archdiocese to remain open.

According to several media sources, a Dec. 15 letter addressed to Peter Borre, chairman of the Council of Parishes, stated, "The Holy Father [Pope Benedict XVI] was apprised of the question, which was also clearly studied by this office. ... I regret to inform you, however, that His Holiness has decided not to accept your appeal."

Borre has been the leader in the effort to keep open Boston area churches closed in 2003 as part of a consolidation sparked by financial and demographic

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