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October 7 - 20, 2012

National shrine to Mother Cabrini reopens after 10 years

A visitor prays before a reconstructed room where Mother Cabrini died. The original room was in Columbus Hospital, which closed in 2002. This new room is in the museum at the shrine and includes the wicker chair where the saint died. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

The outside of the shrine and its garden seen from its northwest side. Protective scaffolding covered the shrine building during construction of the high-rise condominiums next to it.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Aux. Bishop Francis Kane and Deacon Paul Spalla gather the Eucharist, which was then reserved in the shrine's tabernacle.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Joan McGlinchey (left), general councillor, and Patricia Spillane, superior general, sing during Mass.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Mother Cabrini's address book is on display at the shrine's museum. Many of the country's movers and shakers were in her address book. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

The upper arm bone of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is displayed in a gold case before the altar at the shrine. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Workers apply gold leaf to the entrance of the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. on Sept. 27. The shrine officially opened on Oct. 1. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Flanked by Knights of Columbus, Cardinal George blesses the congregation as he processes out of the chapel following the Sept. 30 Mass. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

a fresco of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini as seen on the ceiling inside the chapel. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

By Joyce Duriga

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