Monday, July 13, 2009

Romanian Catholics oppose building near cathedral

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Thousands of Catholics have marched through Bucharest to protest the construction of a high-rise office building next to a cathedral.

Catholic opponents say the 19-story building has been built higher than its original plans and threatens the foundations of St. Iosif's or St. Joseph's cathedral.

Romanian Catholic leader Bishop Ioan Robu led the Sunday protest from the 19th century cathedral to the government headquarters a couple of miles (kilometers) north. Protesters prayed there and left a letter to the government.

Construction on the office building was halted in 2006 after authorities said the owners did not have all the building permits. But a court ruled June 25 that work could resume.

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