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Massachusetts parishioners file emergency motion to keep church open

Parishioners occupying a Massachusetts Catholic church for more than a decade have been granted a few more days to stay in the building by a state court.

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a stay of a lower court's injunction that required parishioners to leave St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate by 5 p.m. Friday until their emergency motion asking the court to keep the Boston archdiocese from evicting them parish property is heard.

The appeals court scheduled a hearing on the motion for 11 a.m. June 11.

Winning altar design announced for papal Mass in Washington

The crowd of people who will gather at Pope Francis' open-air Mass in Washington in September won't be able to experience the interior beauty of the Basilica of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception during the Mass.

So the winning students of an altar design contest decided to bring the architecture of the grand church out to the people.

WWII soldier's sister receives decorations decades after his death

The house at the end of Herman Street where the Krempecki family once lived is long gone, a victim of flooding from the body of water that gave the borough its name.

But in 1941, 11-year-old Stella Krempecki's heart was filled with joy when she saw a familiar face near her home, which was then filled with several siblings and her recently widowed father.

Music chief for Pope Francis' Phildelphia Mass quits in dispute with Archbishop Chaput

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The head of liturgical music for the Philadelphia archdiocese, who was also to play a key role orchestrating the huge outdoor Mass concluding Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. in September, is resigning his post over long-standing differences with Archbishop Charles Chaput.

John Romeri, who has headed the archdiocesan liturgical music office for five years, said he will resign effective June 30 because "there are simply irreconcilable differences" with Chaput over the role and style of music at Mass.

Possible Boy Scout gay leadership change has religious groups weighing options

The phone calls and emails have been pouring in at Trail Life USA since Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said his organization should remove its ban on gay leaders.

"I think this is the major public turning point," said John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life USA, which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts. "The handwriting is on the wall."

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