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A border fence could seal off a tiny Texas chapel, but its worshipers aren't giving up

MISSION, Texas - Dozens of people packed into the one-room chapel Friday to pray that the 19th century mission known as La Lomita, perched on a hill above the Rio Grande, won't be sealed off behind a border fence.

Worshipers bowed their heads during the Catholic novena prayer vigil, the latest of nine Masses that the Rev. Roy Snipes has held to oppose to the fence. The mayor of the town of Mission, his wife and the city manager stood with them among the rustic pews, and several police officers watched with the overflow crowd outside.

A Border Patrol agent sat in a marked SUV on a nearby levee, where the fence would be built, and watched.

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