Construction has begun on a New York City church that was destroyed in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks; St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is expected to reopen in 2016, the Christian Headlines website reports today (November 1, 2014).
The new church will stand on Ground Zero at the corner of Liberty and Greenwich streets and will have a capacity of 150 people -- about double the original capacity.
A meditation area will be added to serve as "a refuge for people in need of spiritual comfort, regardless of their specific beliefs or unbeliefs," said the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Archbishop Demetrios.
New York Governor George Pataki said that rebuilding the church will restore the faith of New Yorkers. "We had remembrance, we had commerce, but without St. Nicholas, we did not have faith. Well now today, we have remembrance, we have commerce, we have that rock, we have faith, right here at St. Nicholas," Pataki said.