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Eight years after the new Ukrainian Catholic eparch of Toronto and eastern Canada, Bishop Cornelius Pasichny was installed before a congregation of 600, and only 22 years after Pope Jean Paul II personally blessed the church, the cavernous Slovak Byzantine-rite Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration (just north of Toronto) stands empty even on Thanksgiving Sunday. Internal power struggles have forced the closure of the church, whose last service (according to the poster shown in the workshop) was held on June 25 this year. The land was donated by the Roman family, who still owns the surrounding land, now being developed as a subdivision. Mr. Roman poured more than $20-million into the cathedral, including four Byzantine-style cupolas covered in 24 karat gold leaf and three massive bronze bells named after saints. The founder of Denison mines -- in its time, the world's largest independent uranium mining company -- Mr. Roman immigrated from Slovakia at the age of 16. He built the cathedral to honour the 30,000 Slovak-Canadian Catholics who practice the Byzantine rite, the second-largest rite in the Catholic church.

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