Church sale protested.
"I'm going to stay here until I'm certain it [the sale] won't happen," said Hermann Geller, a 66-year-old retiree, as he prepared to bed down on an air mattress for the 58th day of his vigil.
The Paul Gerhardt congregation merged with the Church of Mary in 2005. At the time, the Gerhardt church's congregation had dwindled to 1,600. When a vote came up in 2006 about whether to keep the Gerhardt church, built in 1958, or the Church of Mary, which was built in the 13th century, the vote came down clearly in favor of the older church.
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|Title Annotation:||WORLD BRIEFS|
|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 8, 2007|
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