- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Parishioners from a 120-year-old church in the central Minnesota community of Melrose that was gutted in an arson fire last year are using Easter weekend to show their displeasure with officials for deciding to replace rather than restore their house of worship.

The St. Cloud Times reports (https://on.sctimes.com/2oNIvar) more than 30 people from Restore St. Mary’s gathered on the steps of the Roman Catholic cathedral in St. Cloud before the start of Easter Vigil services on Saturday. The cathedral is the seat of Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Kettler recently decided to follow a recommendation from a church committee to abandon a plan to restore the historic St. Mary’s Church in Melrose, and instead build a new campus that can address modern uses and future needs.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, https://www.sctimes.com



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