Catholic church spends millions to help poor. Just kidding, they are building a $41 million cathedral

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The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh broke ground Saturday on a cathedral that will seat about 2,000 people, almost seven times what the current building can seat.

The new cathedral will be built on 39 acres in Raleigh that used to house diocese offices and Cardinal Gibbons High School. It will replace the current cathedral which was originally built as a parish church and seats about 320 people. The only smaller cathedral in the U.S. in in Juneau, Alaska, Bishop Michael Burbidge said.

The groundbreaking for the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral included prayers, singing and Burbidge and other church leaders in their flowing vestments and hard hats, turning over dirt.
“We are building a worthy drawing place for God — a home for all the faithful in the diocese. A beautiful and spacious church whose doors will be open to all. A place where sacred music will be heard and lectures will be conducted,” Burbidge told reporters before the ceremony.
The $41 million cathedral will take about two years to complete. The diocese had thought about building a church that cost twice as much, but backed away from the idea, Burbidge said.
“I promise we will build only what the people of God will allow us to do,” Burbidge said. “No loan, nothing beyond our means. Faithful stewardship.”
The new cathedral will replace Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh.
Burbidge said it is an especially proud day for him after dedicating 11 new churches during his nine years in the diocese, which covers eastern North Carolina.
The diocese has grown from 6,000 Catholics to 500,000 people since it was founded 90 years ago, he said.
“We will do everything possible to make this entire community proud by making sure our cathedral is a powerful reminded of God’s presence in our midst,” Burbidge said. “The one who calls us to love and to serve Him and one another.”

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