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Most Americans look so kindly on churches, they might even go sometime

Many Americans today don't think they have a place for church in their lives.

"But they believe the church has a place for them, when or if they are interested," said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, which issued a new survey Wednesday on perceptions of religious denominations.

The findings show that as many as 45 percent of Americans will look at the church brand on the sign out front -- Catholic or Baptist or Methodist or whatever -- and drive past, thinking it is "not for me."

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.

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