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Parishioner Arrested During Sit-in at Church

From Times Wire Reports

A parishioner was arrested for refusing to leave a church targeted for closure by the Boston Archdiocese.

Gene Sweeney, 69, was charged with trespassing after he was removed Saturday night from Immaculate Conception Church in suburban Winchester. He was released on $40 bail.

Parishioners from at least eight churches are conducting sit-ins -- some lasting as long as two months -- to protest the archdiocese’s plan to close or consolidate 82 of its 357 parishes.


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