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|St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai Cheap Air Jordan Shoes For Sale , in the city's Xujiahui area, is undergoing a lengthy renovation. The inside of the church (below) features stone columns and Gothic ceilings. (Photo: China DailyGao Erqiang) St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, once known as the grandest church in the Far East, is undergoing a major face-lift, displacing its parishioners during the upcoming celebration of Christmas.
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"After the opening-up and implementation of reform policies by former leader Deng Xiaoping (in 1978), religious freedom has been improving," said Shen Baozhi, 90, chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Shanghai. "My feeling is that we have a very positive environment for religions and the future is very bright."
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The interior－with its altars, stone columns, Gothic ceilings, stained glass windows, and paintings of the Last Supper and Stations of the Cross－represents the city's living history of European architecture.
The condition of the building has been deteriorating for many years, and the problems include a leaking roof Cheap Jordan Shoes For Sale , worn-out drywall and a termite infestation.
Minor repairs in the past never completely fixed the problems. During a Mass in August, worshipers narrowly escaped being hit by crumbling ceiling segments.
The restoration will seek to retain the building's original character and feature the principle of "repairing the old as old", said Qiu Yun, technical director at Xufang Construction.
The roof will be dismantled in order to repair the leaks, and the large cross on the bell tower will be reinforced and repainted to ensure that it is resistant to decay and termites. Tiles will be replaced with shale slate, and the cathedral's interior facilities will be improved.
Before the work begins, the church will protect its historical relics.
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The cathedral, which attracts visitors from home and abroad, will be unavailable to worshipers and visitors until the final quarter of next year. Tourists are likely to miss the opportunity to walk its aisles.
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Yan Hongji, 60, a nearby resident, said the square in front of the church has become a popular place for newlyweds to take wedding photos. In addition to being a religious site, "young people regard it as a sacred place to celebrate their love", he said.
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New Zealand negotiators would participate in a meeting starting on Sept. 26 in Atlanta.
However, Groser said in a statement that he would be attending climate change talks in New York and he would travel to Atlanta " should negotiators make sufficient progress resolving outstanding issues, including dairy market access, to warrant ministerial engagement."
A spokesperson for Groser told Radio New Zealand Friday that he was waiting to see if there was any point in going.
The United States had reportedly called for ministers to meet after reports that it, Canada, Japan and Mexico had made progress on a disagreement about local content in the auto trade.
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Opponents of the controversial TPP on Friday renewed calls for New Zealand to walk away from the talks as the country faced surrendering too much in return for too little.
The opposition Green Party said statements from Groser suggested he had given up on securing a good deal for New Zealand dairy exports, but might still sign anyway.
"It looks like Tim Groser has given up on securing a good deal for dairy, so why would he sign it given all the downsides?" Green Party trade spokesperson Russel Norman said in a statement.
"It looks like the truth is coming out that for all the huge concessions New Zealand has made, the payoff for dairy exports won 't be worth it," he said.
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