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photo of fire at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison
Black smoke rises and flames leap from the roof destroyed by fire at the Diocese of Madison's 150-year-old St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison, Wis. The fire broke out in the early morning hours of March 14, 2005. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

Other fire-related images:

Workers remove cross from steeple at Cathedral

Cathedral steeple comes down

St. Raphael Cathedral Fire: One Year Later

Painting including image of firefighters rescuing Blessed Sacrament after Cathedral fire

Interior of fire-damaged Cathedral

Firefighters removing Blessed Sacrament

Smoke rising from Cathedral

Pre-fire images:

Cranes lifting cross to top of new Cathedral spire

Bishop Bullock blessing time capsule at Cathedral

Illustration of Cathedral spire and its parts

Mason working on stones in facade

Cathedral before spire was replaced in late 2004

 • Prayer to St. Raphael
 • Prayer for St. Raphael Cathedral
Articles on Cathedral fire
and aftermath:

August 28, 2008 edition:
Correction regarding cathedral stones

July 31, 2008 edition:
Bishop Morlino reflects on five years in Madison (jumps to 34th paragraph of article)

July 17, 2008 edition:
Demolition of cathedral scheduled, mementos will be available

June 26, 2008 edition:
Downtown parishes merge

New Since the Print Edition
update posted June 12, 2008:

Demolition of St. Raphael Cathedral begins

Breaking news posted June 9, 2008:
Cathedral steeple comes down

Apr. 24, 2008 edition:
• Bishop's column -- The need for a Cathedral and for campus ministry
(en Español)

Apr. 17, 2008 edition:
Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael to visit parishes; People to pray for future of cathedral
• Bishop's column -- A bishop's sacred time, sacred space: the cathedral
(en Español)

Apr. 10, 2008 edition:
• Bishop's column -- God in space and time (en Español)

Apr. 3, 2008 edition:
• Bishop's column -- A capital campaign is planned - but not yet (en Español)

Breaking news posted Mar. 14, 2008:
Mark third anniversary of cathedral fire quietly with prayer; have great hope for the future

Mar. 6, 2008 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Reflections leading up to Holy Week (jumps to eighth paragraph of column) (en Español)

Jan. 31, 2008 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Reflections on trip to Rome (jumps to tenth paragraph of column) (en Español)

Nov. 8, 2007 edition:
Feasibility study: Parishioners give input on diocesan priorities

Sept. 27, 2007 edition:
• Fr. Don Lange's column -- St. Raphael: Great patron of the Diocese of Madison

Sept. 6, 2007 edition:
• Bishop's column -- 'School year' report: What I learned this summer (jumps to tenth paragraph of column) (en Español)

June 14, 2007 edition:
Cathedral to be rebuilt downtown
Cathedral arsonist sentenced to 15 years in prison
• Bishop's column -- Plans for St. Raphael Cathedral (en Español)
• Editorial -- Praise God: St. Raphael Cathedral will rise again!

Breaking news posted June 10, 2007:
Bishop Morlino says cathedral will be rebuilt on current site

June 7, 2007 edition:
Procession, cathedral announcement June 10

May 24, 2007 edition:
Corpus Christi: Procession, Cathedral announcement
• Bishop's column -- Rome visit: Prayerful and uplifting (en Español)

March 22, 2007 edition:
St. Raphael Cathedral: Anniversary brings hope for future

March 15, 2007 edition:
Great cathedrals: They are 'catechism in stone'
Options for St. Raphael Cathedral site
• Bishop's column -- Natural law: God does exist (en Español)

March 8, 2007 edition:
St. Raphael Cathedral Fire: Two years later
Cathedral future: After input from parishioners around diocese, Bishop Morlino close to a decision

September 28, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Expectations for cathedral

September 21, 2006 edition:
Bishop Morlino: Names new vicar general, cathedral rector

September 14, 2006 edition:
Cathedral future: Bishop holds first townhall meeting

August 31, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Cathedral belongs downtown

August 17, 2006 edition:
Bishop plans townhall meetings on cathedral future

August 3, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Cathedral remain downtown

July 27, 2006 edition:
Planning for the future: Chancellor updates council

July 20, 2006 edition:
Plea agreement: Reached in cathedral arson case
• Bishop's column -- Latest thoughts: On cathedral's future, arsonist (en Español)

May 25, 2006 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Reflections on trip to Rome (jumps to fifth and sixth paragraphs of column, which mention future of Cathedral Church and Pope Benedict XVI's comments) (en Español)

March 23, 2006 edition:
Prayer service at cathedral: Held on anniversary of the fire March 14
• Letter -- Memories of St. Raphael

March 9, 2006 edition:
• Front-page photo -- St. Raphael Cathedral Fire: One Year Later
• Msgr. Swain's column -- A year after the fire: From loss, faith and hope revealed
• Editorial -- Cathedral future: Will take patience, planning, and prayer

March 2, 2006 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Cathedral Church: Ministry of sacraments and charity (en Español)

February 23, 2006 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Cathedral Church: Place for teaching, leadership (en Español)

February 16, 2006 edition:
• Bishop's column -- Cathedral Church: Reflections on meaning, future (en Español)
• Msgr. Swain's column -- St. Raphael Cathedral: An update from the vicar general
• Letter -- Consider more than money in cathedral decision
• Letter -- Allocate more resources to rural areas of the diocese

February 2, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Cathedral is 'mother church'

January 26, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Many changes in 150 years

January 19, 2006 edition:
• Letter -- Likes suggestions about use of cathedral property

January 12, 2006 edition:
Diocesan Pastoral Council: Bishop Morlino meets with new body
• Letter -- Cathedral presents opportunity

December 29, 2005 edition:
Cathedral print now available

December 22, 2005 edition:
Cathedral future: Bishop hears priests' views

December 15, 2005 edition:
Cathedral focus of neighborhood meeting

October 20, 2005 edition:
Closing Mass: Diocese gathers to end Year of Eucharist

October 6, 2005 edition:
Madison XXV: Year of the Eucharist (painting showing firefighters rescuing the Blessed Sacrament from St. Raphael Cathedral after the fire)

September 29, 2005 edition:
• Letter -- Thoughts on future planning

September 1, 2005 edition:
Alleged arsonist deemed incompetent

August 25, 2005 edition:
Competency hearing

June 30, 2005 edition:
St. Raphael Cathedral: Restoration project awards

May 19, 2005 edition:
Cathedral parish: Maintaining connectedness
Prayer on loss of St. Raphael Cathedral

April 28, 2005 edition:
Beloved statue: Found beneath debris at ... cathedral
• Front-page sidebar -- From cathedral rector

April 21, 2005 edition:
Cathedral case: Alleged arsonist suffers from mental illness

April 14, 2005 edition:
Tom Shipley: Named new Catholic Foundation President and Director of Stewardship for the Diocese ...

April 7, 2005 edition:
St. Raphael Cathedral: Finding hope amidst loss
• Bishop's column -- Kind gestures: Encourage hope, courage in face of loss

Mar. 31, 2005 edition:
Letter of appreciation from Msgr. Swain

Mar. 24, 2005 edition:
Front page photo and caption
Prayer commemorating loss of St. Raphael Cathedral
Cathedral fire: Result of arson
Future of cathedral: To be determined
• Bishop's column -- At Easter: With eyes of hope
• Msgr. Swain's column -- Moving forward ...
• Editorial -- Cathedral fire: We have lost our home, but not our faith
• Letter -- Fire: God will provide the answers
• Letter -- Thank firefighters for valiant work

Mar. 17, 2005 edition:
Firefighters work to control blaze
Bishop Morlino's statement on fire

Breaking news posted Mar. 14/15:
Fire: Breaks out at St. Raphael Cathedral

photo of St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison, c. 2004
Before the fire: St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison before the 90-foot spire was replaced in late 2004.
Articles on Cathedral before the fire:

Dec. 9, 2004 edition:
New spire crowns St. Raphael Cathedral

Oct. 7, 2004 edition:
St. Raphael Cathedral: Marks 150th anniversary of cornerstone

Sept. 30, 2004 edition:
New spire: To crown St. Raphael Cathedral ...
• Sidebar -- First phase of Cathedral Restoration ...
Spire illustration -- a detailed PDF (Portable Document Format) file of Cathedral spire and its parts (233 KB file size)

Sept. 23, 2004 edition:
Stone by stone: Mason restores stones on cathedral facade

Sept. 16, 2004 edition:
Cathedral: Marks 150th anniversary of laying of cornerstone

External link:

• Web site for St. Raphael Cathedral, Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick parishes: www.isthmuscatholic.org

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