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Friday, January 16, 2009

This is your Bishop speaking and here is the bad news

Churches to learn fate Jan. 31

Diocese of Scranton Catholics will learn the fate of their churches via a recorded message from Bishop Joseph Martino played at each Mass the weekend of Jan. 31, according to an article in The Catholic Light, the diocesan newspaper.

The move is a sharp departure from the last similar announcement, when Martino revealed the closing of numerous schools during a live press conference at the Diocesan Guild building in Scranton in January 2008. That event was televised throughout the region, and students watching at Bishop Hafey High School sobbed and screamed when they learned their school would be closed. Those images headlined local news broadcasts that evening.
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