Taken from The Boston Herald
The devoted vigil to save the shuttered Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston reaches back generations to Italy itself.
Parishioner Gina Scalicione said when she told an old Italian neighbor that she was immigrating to Eastie, he urged her to visit the church. “He told me ‘All that mortar that keeps those bricks and stone together I carried on a ladder,’ ” she said.
If the Vatican goes along with the Archdiocese of Boston and allows the church to be sold, this beloved house of worship built in 1905 could be dust.
The Herald spent weeks at outdoor prayer services and in the homes of Mount Carmel parishioners as part of a three-part video series on Catholics fighting desperately to save their churches.
“The heroes of this story are the Catholics of East Boston,” said Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes in Boston. Yet, it may not help.
The Vatican Supreme Court is set to make a final ruling on the future of the church within months.
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