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The Southwest’s Crumbling Churches

November 19th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

Will we be the last generation to enjoy the adobe heritage of New Mexico’s mission churches? –by Patricia Zapor (CNS) 11/18/2010

From today’s National Catholic Register‘s news feed.

Read the whole article here.

The plaster facade of San Miguel Parish in Socorro, N.M., has been opened in small sections to allow the 400-year-old adobe interior to dry, to prevent the wall from crumbling.

Two walls of Sagrada Familia Church in Lemitar, N.M., collapsed in June, as workmen were trying to shore up the adobe interiors. The 179-year-old church is one of 7 adobe churches in one Socorro-based parish. (CNS photo/Patricia Zapor)

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