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Church Destroyed in 9/11 Attacks to Rise Again

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 03:54 PM

The historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church — destroyed in the World Trade Center terror attack — is about to rise again, and it's not a moment too soon, Greek-American comic Ellen Karis says.

"Politics, red tape," Karis said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, when asked what had kept rebuilding from going forward.

"When 9/11 happened, Governor Pataki, after the dust settled he was like, the church will absolutely be rebuilt … Elliot Spitzer was also on board so that was good and then Elliott Spitzer strayed.

"Then we had Governor Patterson, and the Port Authority is very much involved. There were some changing of the guards there and that's when it really became non-negotiable."

But the church, originally built in 1916, is finally set for reconstruction.

A ground blessing ceremony for the St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center is set for Oct. 18 at noon.

The new structure, which will be finished by Christmas 2015, will be rebuilt a short distance from 130 Liberty St., overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the current archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony, along with New York and New Jersey officials.

"[The church is] going to be different. We also wanted it to have a peace and reconciliation center because it is the only or was the only church on Ground Zero," said Karis, known as "The Greek Goddess of Comedy."

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The historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - destroyed in the World Trade Center terror attack - is about to rise again, and it's not a moment too soon, Greek-American comic Ellen Karis says.
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