CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Cathedral under renovation

HONG KONG (SE): The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, has been undergoing major renovation work for better conservation and maintenance since June 10. The cathedral is expected to be available for use in December.
 
With the renovation work ongoing, weekday Masses are being celebrated at the parish hall and Sunday Masses at Caritas House Community Hall.
 
The internal renovation projects are expected to be completed by the end of November, while external repair work is scheduled be finished by the end of March next year, according to a June 16 report in the Kung Kao Po.
 
The last renovation of the cathedral, which was built in 1888, took place 16 years ago. 
 
The advice of professional consultants was sought during the preparation stage, under the support of the Diocesan Building and Development Commission and the maintenance group of the cathedral. 
 
The renovation covers the replacement of the air-conditioning system and the waterproof layer of the roof, as well as the maintenance of the drainage system, the internal and the external walls, windows, and others.
 
The project is expected to cost over $40 million. The monies will come from from fund-raising activites, donations as well as a renovation reserve of over $20 million. 
 
The cathedral was one of nine projects in Asia and Australia to be honored in the 2003 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards (Sunday Examiner, 14 December 2003).

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