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Funds to fix cathedral

One year after an earthquake caused extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral, church officials received a gift to help restore the structure. The $5 million grant came from Lilly Endowment Inc. The announcement came Aug. 23 amid observances for the anniversary of the quake. The ceremony was marked by pealing of bells at 1:53 p.m., the moment the quake hit. Afterward a newly carved crocket stone (an ornamental carving of foliage that acts as a rainspout) was blessed and placed on the damaged southwest pinnacle of the 330-foot tall central tower.


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