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National Cathedral gets boost for repair effort

WASHINGTON (RNS) One year after an earthquake caused extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral, church officials received a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment to help restore the structure. By Chris Lisee.
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Obama and Romney offer rare glimpse of their spiritual lives

(RNS) President Obama doesn’t think it’s his job to defend his Christian faith against doubters who suspect he’s a secret Muslim. His GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, says religion is “integral” to his life, even as he avoids mentioning his Mormon faith by name. By Daniel Burke.
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Chuck Colson’s memorial steeped in prison themes

WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison Fellowship founder and former Nixon aide Chuck Colson was memorialized Wednesday (May 16) at Washington National Cathedral in a service steeped in Scripture and prayers about prison and redemption. By Adelle M. Banks.
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Shinto priests prepare to mark Japan’s quake anniversary

WASHINGTON (RNS) Shinto priests throughout Japan are preparing to hold commemoration ceremonies on 11 March to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 20,000 people. By Debra Rubin.
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Repairs, funds are slow-going at quake-damaged National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Washington National Cathedral took 83 years to build, but a rare earthquake last summer took only seconds to wreak damage that will take as long as a decade to repair and cost more than $20 million. By Lauren Markoe.
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