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Repairs underway for Washington’s National Cathedral: The Church of England Newspaper, Sept 9, 2011 p 6. September 11, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Washington.
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First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has kicked off an ecumenical fundraising campaign to restore the Washington National Cathedral with a gift of $25,000.

On 23 August the Episcopal cathedral was damaged by an earthquake, which cracked the cathedral’s flying buttresses, damaged the spires of the central tower, and caused damage extensive damage to the building’s ornate stonework.

The damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake is not covered by insurance and the repairs are expected to take years to complete, as much of the work must be done by master stonemasons.

Washington’s Hebrew Congregation has hosted the Episcopal congregation during the past two Sundays as engineers surveyed the damage as stonemasons and structural engineers implement measures to secure the Cathedral nave before it reopens on 9 September in preparation for the national memorial service commemorating the tenth anniversary of 11 September, 2001. President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Cathedral’s pulpit to mark the occasion.

“We are grateful to our neighbours of faith for their hospitality, generosity, and most importantly, their prayers, as we face the enormous challenge of restoring damaged areas of the Cathedral,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel Lloyd.

“This gift from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, a testimony to the fellowship that exists between people of different faiths, makes clear the bond we share. We are also grateful for the outpouring of support from faithful individuals across the country, who have given generously in the aftermath of the earthquake. It is a great comfort as we begin to gather financial support for this endeavour, which we expect to reach into the millions of dollars ,” the dean said.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl said “it was with both shock and sadness that I learned of the damage sustained by Washington National Cathedral.”

“The National Cathedral holds a special place in the hearts of all of us in Washington. So many recognize it as a national house of prayer, and indeed its magnificent Gothic towers are a reminder of our constant need to raise our hearts in prayer to God in the midst of all of our daily preoccupations,” said Washington’s Catholic archbishop.

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