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“Without restoration [of St. Patrick’s Cathedral] both we, the visitors and the walkers-by, and the cathedral herself will fall apart,” says Kate Monaghan in today’s column .

An article mentioned on  this blog  from the  New York Times  in 2012 (at the official launch of the restoration) re-posed the question: Will those the cathedral is approaching for restoration funds not contribute because of the unpopular beliefs of the Catholic Church? Further, why contribute to a posh cathedral on Fifth Avenue when there are so many in need? . . .

As we work on the restoration, we are mindful of the more important work taking place: that is, the restoration of the heart, of the Church, and finally, of the cathedral. As Pope Francis said, we must make the Church “a community where everyone feels welcomed and understood, everyone feels the mercy and love of God . . . ”

Read the full column here .

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