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Catholic Church to close, merge a dozen schools in Chicago
Catholic Church to close, merge a dozen schools in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Catholic Church will close or merge a dozen of its 240 Chicago-area schools due to falling attendance in some areas of the country's largest parochial school system, the Archdiocese of Chicago said on Wednesday. "We will not be able to maintain all schools in their current form," outgoing Cardinal Francis George said in a letter posted on the website of the archdiocese, which has a deficit of millions of dollars. Six schools would close in June 2015 while another six would merge into three, affecting 1,280 elementary school students, it said. The archdiocese ran nearly 500 schools in the 1970s. "Even though our costs are still significantly...

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