Religion: New Bishops

Peppery-smelling incense swirled one day last week in a fusty house of God in uptown Manhattan. Built 35 years ago with funds given by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, archiepiscopal seat of the North American continent, has never since been repaired. But bravely beneath its crumbling ceiling and rain-stained murals stood Russian prelates in vestments of gilt studded with imitation jewels, crying: "Axios! Axios!" (Worthy! Worthy!), as Archbishop Nicholas Kedroff, head of the North American branch of the Russian Orthodox Church, bestowed a bishop's cassock, pectoral image, mantle,...

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