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New church opens in West Virginia on site of 2015 fire

September 11, 2017
Associated Press

BENWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Roman Catholic officials in West Virginia have dedicated a new church on the same site of one destroyed by fire in March 2015.

Media outlets report a ceremony was held Saturday for the new St. John's Catholic Church in Benwood. The Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, officiated the service.

A parish hall across the street from the church was remodeled.

The cause of the fire at the old church was undetermined. An adjacent school sustained smoke and water damage and never reopened.



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