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Archbishop said he will move out of $2.2 million home donated to church

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said he will move out of a Buckhead home willed to the Catholic Church worth an estimated $2.2 million.

"He listened to them. That's why he made his decision," said Pat Chivers, communications director for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Chivers said Gregory made the decision after talking to several councils with the church.

"He also realized that he made a mistake in not waiting and taking into consideration the changes in society today," said Chivers.

She said the archbishop made the decision, following the example of Pope Francis.

"It's the right thing, particularly in light of Pope Francis and the kind of image he's trying to project," said Robert Miles, a member of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Molly Read Woo started a petition to get the archbishop out of the home.

"All the man needs is a room to sleep in," said Woo.

She wants the church to sell the home and donate the proceeds to the Hosea Feed the Hungry Foundation.

The church said the proceeds will go to help Catholic communities.

It said a decision on where the archbishop will live will not be made until after Easter, but said the archbishop will not move into his former residence. It said the next residence will be a modest one, similar to a townhouse.

The church said the archbishop will move in early May.

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