About 150 abode seekers rallied outside two churches, a mosque and a Taoist temple yesterday, on the second day of a protest aimed at preventing their removal. The group called on religious bodies to support their claim for right of abode on the grounds of family reunion. Abode activist Father Franco Mella said a petition had been handed to religious officials, arguing the group's claims were legitimate. 'We are hoping religious leaders will help us gain recognition of the claimants' legitimate right to family reunion,' he said. On Saturday, the abode claimants said they might seek sanctuary in churches to avoid forced repatriation to the mainland. The protesters marched to St John's Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral, both in Central, and then went to the Kowloon Mosque in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wong Tai Sin Taoist temple. So far only the Catholic Church, through coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has expressed support, although he has ruled out granting sanctuary against arrest by police or immigration officers. The abode protesters planned to petition Buddhist leaders either today or tomorrow for support. The demonstrators were among claimants who lost their case in the Court of Final Appeal this month. The court ruled against the vast majority of more than 5,000 claimants. The Government has given them until March 31 to leave Hong Kong.