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Duke to open study centre

THE residential wing of the International Study Centre at Canterbury Cathedral is to be formally opened by the Duke of Kent on Tuesday, April 16.

The Duke, who opened the first phase in January, 2000, is returning to unveil a paving stone carved by a Cathedral stonemason.

His visit coincides with the Anglican Communion, a gathering of 38 Archbishops from around the world.

Cathedral spokesman Christopher Robinson said: "We are very pleased he is coming back particularly in the middle of the conference of Archbishops."

The centre, which cost £12 million, is designed to further Christian study. Facilities are offered to church groups, ordinands and clergy. The Cathedral is also trying to develop its own courses.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund contributed £2.5 million, much came from American sources, and the Cathedral also used some of its own resources.

Fundraising is continuing to provide scholarships for applicants from poorer countries.

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