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Churches work to give "new life" to holy artifacts from closed parishes

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The sun still streams through the stained glass windows of many churches that have closed down. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Crafted in Innsbruck, Austria, more than 150 years ago, the stained glass windows of the now-closed St. Boniface Church in Jersey City, N.J., will find a new home in the mortuary chapels at cemeteries where some of the original parishoners are now buried. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Each of the stained glass windows in this church comes with a well documented history of its donor. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Many church officials in the Northeast are dealing with the issue of what to do with altars, stained glass windows and other religious items left behind when churches close. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


The pews at this closed church, St. Boniface's in Jersey City, N.J., are now empty, but church officials are working to find them a new home. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)

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What happens to the art in a church when it closes? With their own historians, a few archdioceses are uncovering what treasures they have and finding new homes for them.