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Future Raleigh Cathedral Has its Windows

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is buying 42 massive stained glass windows for a future cathedral. The church plans to build the Holy Name of Jesus cathedral on 35 acres of land on Western Boulevard. Crews are removing the 85-year-old windows from a church in Philadelphia that closed down in October. Raleigh Diocese Bishop Michael Burbidge grew up in Philadelphia and became interested in the windows when he heard the church was closing. Monsignor David Brockman says the windows show major events in the life of Jesus.

Monsignor David Brockman: "We have on display right now at our offices the Adoration by the Magi, but there are all sorts of other Biblical themes with the idea that it invites those who look at the windows to reflect on those scriptural passages and how they apply to their own lives."

Brockman says the Diocese paid $320,000 for the windows and will spend $1 million more to restore them. Brockman hopes to break ground on the new cathedral later this year.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
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