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Protesters get relief from Friday deadline to leave church

June 3, 2015

SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Protesters occupying a closed church say they’ll continue their nearly 11-year vigil after being granted another court reprieve.

The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini said late Wednesday that a single justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court stayed a lower court ruling that would have forced the group to vacate the Scituate church by Friday at 5 p.m.

The group says its Appeals Court hearing is scheduled for June 10 at 11 a.m.

The group says it remains hopeful for “open and constructive dialogue” with the Boston Archdiocese, which took them to court in order to end the protest. The archdiocese has declined to comment on the ongoing legal case.

The protesters want the archdiocese to restore their parish’s standing or sell them the building.

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