New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral Set For Renovation

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The $175 million facelift of the Fifth Avenue church is slated to begin at the end of April and last at least two years. The 2,200-seat white marble cathedral opened in 1879.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is expected to announce the renovation Saturday.

Scaffolding and netting is expected to go up inside and outside the church.

The work will include replacing crumbling marble blocks and refitting stained-glass windows from the 1870s. It will be done every day from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., stopping for daily Masses.

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Harlem Churches See Gospel Tourist Boom on Sundays

The popularity of these gospel churches with tourists is causing friction with the faithful parishioners, who now face growing crowds.

“Gospel tourists” are descending upon Harlem churches en masse, causing friction with the faithful.

┬áThe neighborhood’s churches have become popular tourist attractions for visitors from all over the world who want to listen to soulful gospel music at a black church service. The growing crowds are causing some problems.

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