Immigrants are re-sus-citating churches in the Boston urban area.

"These immigrants are filling parishes that had been becoming almost empty," the Rev. Joseph Cogo, director of ethnic apostolates for the Archdiocese of Boston, said. "They are providing many churches with a brighter future."According to the Emmanuel Gospel Center, a Boston-based Christian ministry, more than half of the 483 Christian churches in Boston and Cambridge attract congregations that are not English-speaking.

"What we're seeing in many cities, like Boston, is the de-Europeanization of Christianity in America," said R. Stephen Warner, a sociology professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "People from Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia are changing . . . the way congregations look, the way they worship."