RELIGION

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
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Ever since a Springfield, Massachusetts, church opened its doors last month to an undocumented woman from Peru about to be deported, Mayor Domenic Sarno has been trying to shut it down. The First Amendment could ultimately block him.

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
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City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, passed an order Monday night that says the city will not interfere with religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Massachusetts.
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A Russian woman facing possible deportation has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Springfield Building Commissioner Steve Desilets conducts an inspection of the living space at South Congregational Church on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mayor Domenic Sarno called for the inspection.
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City officials said Thursday a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has passed an inspection for “minimum life safety and sanitary requirements.” A Peruvian woman facing deportation has been living there with her two American-born children. 

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, would have centered around a vote that could bar city employees from interfering with a church's offering sanctuary to Gisella Collazo was postponed.
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The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Thursday proposed an order that says no city employee should interfere with South Congregational Church in providing sanctuary to a woman from Peru. 

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
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St. Mary's High School in Westfield, Massachusetts, will remain open for at least another year, after all. Its closure was announced this month, but the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is offering help.

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, speaks at a city hall press conference on crime stats in January 2018. Behind him are Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood and Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
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The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, is criticizing a city church providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation. 

Tara Parrish, Director of the Pioneer Valley Project, speaks inside the South Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A Springfield, Massachusetts, church is offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation, along with her two American-born children.

St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of Catholic churches in Springfield, Massachusetts, have closed over the past decade, as membership has fallen. Lately, diocesan leaders have been asking parishioners how they can improve the church.

The former Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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Preservationists for a 130-year-old black church with ties to civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois have received federal grant money to turn it into a community center. 

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