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Catholic Diocese of Raleigh plans new cathedral

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh today announced plans for a new cathedral in the capital city.

The campus would be built near Western Blvd. and Centennial Parkway. It would include a 2,000 seat cathedral estimated to cost $75-90 million. The new facility will be called Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. It will replace Sacred Heart Cathedral built in 1924, which the diocese says is the smallest cathedral in the continental United States.

Bishop Michael Burbidge said prior to groundbreaking, the church requires one-third of the money to be in cash on hand. He hopes to break ground in the spring of 2013.

The diocese comprises 54 counties in eastern North Carolina, serving nearly 500,000 registered and unregistered Catholics.

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