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National Cathedral to make slashes in staff, budget


WASHINGTON (RNS) Washington National Cathedral announced dramatic cuts to its budget, programs, and staff Nov. 19.

The landmark cathedral, which welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors a year and has hosted the state funerals of three presidents, will slash its budget by 40 percent next year, from $24 million to $14.4 million.

More than 40 staffers will be laid off, retail operations at the cathedralís gift shop will be outsourced, and the Cathedral Collegeís residential course offerings will cease as of March 31, 2009, according to the cathedral.

Last May, the cathedral cut $3.5 million from its budget by firing 33 employees and closing its greenhouse.