Members Battling to Save Churches Turn to Vatican

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parishioners who've been battling to save two
New Orleans Catholic churches from being closed are turning to the
Vatican for help.

Members of St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Counsel churches, which have been closed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, say they want the Vatican to appoint a new bishop for the city.

The protesters say Archbishop Alfred Hughes closed their churches, even though both were financially stable and had steady attendance.

Earlier this month, police arrested several parishioners who had been holding protest vigils inside the churches for weeks. All charges were later dropped.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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