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Roman Catholics in Vienna still protest over giving church to SPC

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.emg.rs/en/news/world/146082.html Roman Catholics in Vienna still protest over giving church to SPC 02. February 2011. | 10:20 Source: Tanjug Members
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      Roman Catholics in Vienna still protest over giving church to SPC

      02. February 2011. | 10:20

      Source: Tanjug

      Members of the Roman Catholic parish of Neulerchenfeld in Vienna,
      whose church will be given as a present to the Serbian Orthodox
      Church (SPC), are continuing to protest the decision of the
      Archdiocese of Vienna.

      Members of the Roman Catholic parish of Neulerchenfeld in Vienna,
      whose church will be given as a present to the Serbian Orthodox
      Church (SPC), are continuing to protest the decision of the
      Archdiocese of Vienna.

      After collecting signatures against the decision, parish members -
      mostly of Polish descent - organized a protest in downtown Vienna
      late last year, and are now threatening disobedience to the Roman
      Catholic Church.

      The Neulerchenfeld parish does not want to comply with the decision
      of Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schonborn, and 800 of its members
      were very surprised when the gift was made official with a contract
      earlier this month.

      The parishioners claim they were not informed about the signing of
      the contract between the Archdiocese of Vienna and the Serb Orthodox
      church of St. Sava.

      In a statement to the media, they said they will continue to fight
      for their church, and might stop paying church taxes.

      The Archdiocese of Vienna and the Serb Orthodox church in Vienna
      signed a deal at the start of the year that the Roman Catholic church
      in Neulerchenfeld will be given as a gift to SPC.

      The church is set to replace the Temple of the Assumption of the
      Blessed Virgin, located in Vienna's 17th district, which was too
      small to hold all of the faithful. The church in Neulerchenfeld, also
      dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, was built between 1733 and 1753.

      The church given as a present is much bigger that the current Serbian
      Orthodox church and can hold over 1,000 people.
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