Religion: A People's Cathedral

Magisterially perched on the cliffs of Manhattan's Morningside Heights, the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine was founded 100 years ago and grew to be the largest Gothic church in the world. In the long process of construction−the choir arising around the turn of the century, the nave and west front after World War I−the builders expressed an ecumenical vision in the form of special chapels honoring Italian, Spanish, Irish and other ethnic patron saints. But the church was never finished, and it may never be.

Today, on the heights overlooking Harlem, St....

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