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Church property tussle

Nearly 20 years after communism ended in Eastern Europe, the legacy of that authoritarian rule still casts a shadow over church-state relations.

Some now accuse church groups and others of capitalizing on land awarded as compensation for church property seized in the communist era.

In Poland the Roman Catholic Church recently defended a church-state property commission that awarded land valued at $104 million to an order of nuns in compensation for communist-seized property in another city.


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