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Friday, October 21, 2016
America's newest cathedral opens
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┬áMore than 3,000 people attended a colourful three-hour multi-ethnic dedication ceremony at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, in Los Angels on Monday. Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Roger Mahony, with around 600 priests and bishops. Several people collapsed in the 35C temperatures. The $354mi adobe-coloured structure is 31 cm longer than St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the cathedral┤s austere, modernistic look has been compared by critics to a prison or shopping mall. But, it said, during the ceremony: "the earth-toned walls, lit by sunlight streaming through alabaster windows, became less stark with the presence of parishioners and a choir." Cardinal Mahoney, archbishop of the nation┤s largest archdiocese, said: "My friends, welcome to the city┤s, and your, new cathedral...It is truly exhilarating to see it filled with people... This is what it is all about." A small group gathered outside the cathedral to protest at the church's handling of the abuse scandal and the high cost of the building - at a time when a plunging stock market has forced the archdiocese to cut expenditure for ministry and education by up to 30%. For more information about the Cathedral visit:
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