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  1. An exquisite Nativity window, just one of the treasures of St. Mary's, Remsen, Iowa

    It stands on the village green, a magnificent church towering above the houses that surround it, just like the cathedrals of Europe. But this isn't a quaint town in the Old World, but tiny Remsen, Iowa, where, amidst so much to be thankful for, Luxembourger, French, Alsatian, German, and Irish Catholic Pioneers built St. Mary's in the praise of God…

    Embellishing our video frame are hand-carved wood images from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Remsen, Iowa — (from bottom, left) Meeting ...
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  2. The Marian Altar of Wit Stwosz—Replica, St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

    When St. John Cantius was built by Polish immigrants in 1898, its congregation numbered over 1,500 families. But, by 1998, Ogden Avenue and the Expressway had cut a swath through "the Polish Patch" community, and the new Pastor of St. John Cantius, the Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., preached to fewer than 70 souls on Sunday. But Father Phillips realized that the roads that took people away could also bring them back…

    Elements of the main altar of St. John Cantius Catholic Parish, ...
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  3. Nativity stained glass window, St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

    A work of uplifting sacred art, The Nativity stained glass window of St. John Cantius Church, Chicago…

    Luminous stained glass frames the Navity video of the St. John Cantius Church Chicago . (Be sure your volume's on, so you can also enjoy the St. John Cantius choir.)  The Adoration of the Magi stained glass window rises from eye level to the very top of the aisle vault of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Chicago. (The double window at the bottom was open to let in the ...
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  4. Rev. Thomas Davies Clay's Inspirational Cathedral Quest—& Remarkable Cathedral Models

    "A quest to experience the great cathedrals and historic churches of Europe," through travel — and paper models…

     Crenelations and diamond-patterned tiles ring the spires, and flying buttresses the apse of the Church of Our Lady — Budapest's 13th century St. Matthias Cathedral — in Thomas Davies Clay's superb 3-D Karton paper model. (Photo courtesy Thomas Davies Clay.) 

     Thomas Davies Clay on his Cathedral Quest, with the lacy flying buttresses of St. ...
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  5. Die Anbetung der Könige (The Adoration of the Magi), Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

    Die Anbetung der Könige (Worshipping of the Kings) — The Adoration of the Magi — Antonio Vivarini (in collaboration with Giovanni d'Alemagna), 1419-20, Murano. (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. [/B]One reminder of Berlin's tragic history of partition into West and East lies in a memorial a few hundred yards from its famous Brandenburg Gate. Under the shade of linden trees, black-and-white, poster-size photographs depict those who died at the hands of their compatriots in pursuit of freedom.

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