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Cardinal Timothy Dolan announces New York parishes that will merge

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan says 30 percent of the Archdiocese of New York's 368 parishes will be merging in one of the largest reorganizations in its history.

Dolan announced Sunday that 48 parishes will be merging with a nearby parish where masses and sacraments will be held at both churches, creating 24 new parishes.

He said another 64 parishes will be merging with neighborhood parishes where masses and sacraments will regularly be held at just one of the churches, creating 31 new parishes.

That's a total of 112 affected parishes. They'll merge by August 2015.

A years-long review by a 40-person advisory committee comprised of clergy and other diocesan officials came up with the mergers.

Dolan says the difficult transition will leave him and others hurt and upset.

For a full list of parishes that will merge, click here.