New Zealand: Christchurch Council calls for cathedral demolition pause

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Whatever term you use, it needs to be taken down,” she said.“The church didn’t make the decision to take it down; CERA decided to take it down.”The council will write to Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews, the Anglican diocese, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and CERA advising them of its decision.The Restore Christ Church Cathedral group, which urged councilors to endorse a pause, has already lauded the decision in a media release saying: “We won!” Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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