Religion: Dean on the Roof

Thirty-five years ago, in uptown Manhattan, devout Russians built, with money donated by the late Tsar Nicholas II, a brick & sandstone Cathedral of St. Nicholas, archiepiscopal seat of the Russian Orthodox Church on the North American continent. Recently, many a passerby in the street gazed upward at the Cathedral's steeply-pitched roof. There, perched on a ladder, a stocky young man wielded tar buckets, rolls of tar paper. He was Very Rev. Michael Maslov, dean of the Cathedral. For months, rain had been leaking through the roof, damaging the murals and icons...

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