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MONEY WOES

Auriesville shrine's new plan: Ask for money

The annual Italian pilgrimage Holy Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs coliseum in Auriesville in 2011.
The annual Italian pilgrimage Holy Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs coliseum in Auriesville in 2011.
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When the first group of pilgrims file into the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs Coliseum in Auriesville early next month for spring Mass, they’ll hear something never before spoken from the pulpit of that cavernous structure — a plea for money. The shrine, which overlooks the Mohawk Valley from a hill in Auriesville, is facing financial problems. Attendance shrinks by the year, and the 8,000-seat coliseum needs a new roof. That’s a $500,000 job ...


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