Whenever any church in the Commonwealth has been in the undisputed possession, for
a period of 25 years or more, of any real estate, and for which there is no deed of
record, the church, after giving notice once a week for four successive weeks in some
newspaper published in, or having general circulation in, the county or city in which
such real estate is, may file a petition in the circuit court of such county, or any
court of record of such city, duly sworn to, which petition shall set forth the fact
that the real estate mentioned therein has been in the undisputed possession of such
church for a period of 25 years or more and shall give the true boundaries of such
real estate. Upon the hearing of such petition, if the court shall be satisfied that the real
estate mentioned has been in the undisputed possession of such church for a period
of 25 years or more; that the boundaries mentioned in the petition are the true boundaries
of such real estate; and that such petition has been filed by the proper party, it
may appoint a special commissioner to make conveyance of such real estate to the church,
with covenant of special warranty.
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