Religion: Holy Wisdom: 1952

Most Greek Orthodox churches in the U.S. are small and poor chiefly because of the scattered numbers of their congregations (total U.S. membership: 1,000,000). Ten years ago, while attending services in Los Angeles' tiny Church of the Annunciation, Charles P. Skouras, president of National Theaters, decided that Los Angeles, at least, was going to get a bigger and a better one. This week Archbishop Michael, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in North and South America, held the first services in the $2,000,000 result of Skouras' decision: the Cathedral of Saint Sophia, a white concrete building whose square towers and copper...

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