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8:47 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Providence Cathedral Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Roman Catholics celebrated the first Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Sunday since an ambitious renovation project was started two months ago.

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul has undergone $1.2 million facelift.
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Catholics spend a fair amount of time on their knees so parishioners at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul appreciated the comfortable new cushioned kneelers installed recently.  They also admired new flooring and soon darkened shadows will be illuminated by new lighting fixtures.  The $1.2 million dollar restoration of the cathedral is 75 percent complete, reports rector Monsignor Anthony Mancini.

"Did you run into any problems along the way?"

"You always run into problems. The marble that was supposed to go in the new.  We made a new cross aisle for the reception of holy communion.  That was supposed to be a particular color marble. We had the wrong marble. We had to send that back. Those kinds of things. But you expect that, you know?" said Mancini.

Less obvious but no less important were the reinforcement of the cathedral’s 19th century stained glass windows and the shoring up of its world class organ.

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