Italian Town to Help Rebuild N.Y. Church

NEW YORK, SEPT. 27, 2001 ( A Greek Orthodox church destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center will receive $500,000 for reconstruction from the mayor of Bari, Italy, the Associated Press reported.

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Italian Foreign Minister Renato Ruggiero announced the aid for St. Nicholas´ Church on Wednesday. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Bari.

«I have brought just a small gesture of solidarity, but I believe it a significant one,» Ruggiero said.

The church has about 80 members. The building was constructed in 1832 and later housed a tavern. Greek immigrants made it a church in 1916.

Orthodox Father John Romas said he wants the church to be rebuilt as a memorial to the attack victims. See

«When amid the other terrible news that arrived from New York, it was known that even the little church, built in 1916, dedicated to San Nicola, … was destroyed, we heard almost a call in the name of St. Nicholas,´´ Bari Mayor Simeone di Cagno Abbresciadi told the ANSA news agency.

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