Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Sept. 11 Church to Be Rebuilt

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Sept. 11 Church to Be Rebuilt

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NEW YORK * Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that will overlook the 9/11 memorial.

The new domed building is scheduled to open in 2016, the same year as the church's 100th anniversary. The church has raised $7 million of about $38 million needed.

Plans to rebuild the church were stalled by a dispute with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is in charge of overall rebuilding efforts at Ground Zero. Under a 2011 agreement brokered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the church agreed to drop its lawsuit in return for building at a larger site.

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The church will fit about 150 people at a time in a 4,100-square-foot building on the corner of Liberty and Greenwich streets. Some items from the old church were recovered, including a crushed bell, a candelabra, a few Bibles, mangled candles and two icons, which will be housed in the new church. …

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