CLEVELAND - Parishioners of a closed Roman Catholic Church spared by the Vatican expect a big crowd for a reopening Mass in Cleveland on Sunday.
Members of the Hungarian-language St. Emeric Church challenged Bishop Richard Lennon's shutdown order. The Vatican overturned the closing of 11 churches and the merger of a 12th congregation.
St. Emeric is the last of the spared churches to reopen. The former pastor, who says Mass in Hungarian, has worked in Chicago for the past two years and landed his old job back at St. Emeric.
The spared churches were among 50 closed or merged because of declining congregations, finances and priests.
The bishop announced in April that he would not challenge Vatican decrees declaring he failed to follow proper procedures in closing the parishes.
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