Religion: Bishop's Hope

New York's Bishop William Manning received a $500 check from a group of churchwomen, banked it until war's end. Then it will help to pay for his most famed work-in-progress: Manhattan's vast Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Most of the world's famed cathedrals spanned centuries in building: Canterbury and Peterborough, 400 years; Winchester, 500; Lincoln, 600; Notre Dame, 700; St. Peter's, 200. But England's graceful Salisbury was finished in 80 years. New York's St. John's has been 51 years abuilding. Bishop Manning will be 77 next week.

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