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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/08/ny-church-destroyed-in-sept-11.html NY church destroyed in Sept. 11 attack is being rebuilt 11:35 AM Fri,
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      NY church destroyed in Sept. 11 attack is being rebuilt
      11:35 AM Fri, Aug 01, 2008 | Permalink
      Bruce Tomaso

      A Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will
      be rebuilt down the street from Ground Zero, the Port Authority of
      New York and New Jersey said.

      St. Nicholas Church will receive $20 million to rebuild less than a
      block from where it stood for 85 years.

      Here's the story from Religion News Service.

      Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 signs deal to rebuild

      (RNS) A New York City Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the 9/11
      terrorist attacks will be rebuilt down the street from Ground Zero,
      the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced on Thursday (July 24).

      St. Nicholas Church will receive $20 million to rebuild less than a
      block away from the site where it stood for 85 years. The tentative
      agreement was the result of negotiations between representatives from
      St. Nicholas and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Port Authority,
      and city and state agencies.

      "(The move) represents the Port Authority's firm resolve to do what
      is necessary to advance the rebuilding process as quickly as
      possible," Port Authority chairman Anthony R. Coscia said in a statement.

      Founded by Greek immigrants in 1916, St. Nicholas housed a collection
      of icons donated by Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and contained relics
      from three Greek Orthodox saints. All but a few items from the
      church's collection were destroyed when the World Trade Center towers
      collapsed.

      A spokesman for the Port Authority said that talks, which have been
      ongoing since 2001, picked up after the World Trade Center Assessment
      Report was released three weeks ago. The report, commissioned by New
      York Gov. David A. Paterson, listed St. Nicholas as one of 15 key
      issues to be resolved in the rebuilding effort.

      Under the new plan, St. Nicholas will be rebuilt atop the Vehicle
      Security Center, the entrance point to a new underground parking garage.

      "We're excited about where we are at this point, recognizing that
      there's still a long road ahead of us before the day that St.
      Nicholas opens it's doors again," said Peter Drakoulias, a board
      member of the church.

      Since 2001, the church's congregation has scattered across the city.
      The Rev. John Romas, who served at St. Nicholas, now serves at Sts.
      Constantine & Helen Cathedral in Brooklyn, where many of his roughly
      100 parishioners have found a temporary home.

      -- Tim Murphy
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