Archdiocese Sells Framingham Church Occupied By Protesters

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Archdiocese has sold a church building and other properties of a Framingham parish that’s been occupied by protesters since it was closed six years ago.

The archdiocese said Saturday it had sold the properties of St. Jeremiah’s for $2 million to the Syro Malabar diocese, a part of the Eastern Catholic Church.

The archdiocese had previously said it was working on the deal. A Syro Malabar priest has been leading a Sunday Mass at the Framingham church since 2008, after receiving permission from Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

St. Jeremiah’s was among several churches parishioners occupied round-the-clock in protest after the archdiocese announced a broad round of parish closings, beginning in 2004. St. Jeremiah’s closed in 2005 and its parishioners lost their final appeal at the Vatican last year.

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