Sunday, October 9, 2011

Nat. Cathedral Needs Millions for Quake Repairs; Requires $25M Just for the First Phase of Repairs

USA Today website reports that the Washington National Cathedral -- the second largest church in the United States -- will need tens of millions of dollars over several years to repair extensive damage from an earthquake last August.

It requires $25 million "just to get to June 2012, for the first phase of the work and to resume worship and programming," said Richard Weinberg, a spokesman for the cathedral.

The cathedral -- an Episcopal Church that calls itself "a spiritual home for all" -- has been the setting for presidential funerals and other major events.

An estimated 35,000 worshipers and visitors arrive at the National Cathedral every month. It is exceeded in size in the U.S. only by St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City.

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