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Scituate Catholic church that held 12-year vigil is sold by Archdiocese

The former St. Francis X. Cabrini Parish has been sold to a Coptic Orthodox church.

A parishioner takes communion during the final service at St Francis X. Cabrini church in Scituate, MA, May 29, 2016. Keith Bedford/GlobeStaff

SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Boston says it has sold the property of its former Roman Catholic Church St. Francis X. Cabrini in Scituate to a Coptic Orthodox church.

The 10,560-square-foot church was sold to St. Mary & St. George Coptic Orthodox Church of Marshfield for $2.45 million, the archdiocese said in a statement.

Archdiocese chancellor John Straub says it’s “challenging” to part with a church property, but the religious organization wishes them “well in their new church home.”

The closing of the church in 2004 did not stop worshippers from occupying the space in a vigil that lasted 12 years in protest of the archdiocese’s decision to shutter it.

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The vigil officially ended in 2016, after parishioners spent many years appealing the Vatican court to remain open.