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Church abandoned amidst terrorism finally reopens in Algeria

Algeria?s landmark Catholic church, Notre Dame d?Afrique, has finally reopened after a three year restoration project on the basilica. The church was in need of repairs after being abandoned during an Islamic insurgency that Algerians call “the black decade.” It was also badly damaged during a 2003 earthquake. Financing for the five million euro restoration came from the EU, the city of Marseille, and French and Algerian governments, as well as private donors. A number of French and Algerian dignitaries attended the opening ceremony in celebration of a basilica that symbolizes the connection of people across cultures. AE RR HC -BN