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CATHOLIC CULTURAL CENTER TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN D.C.

A $50 million cultural center named for Pope John Paul II will be built here for scholars to apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to the problems of the day, a church leader said Tuesday.

With completion expected in 2000, the center will be part Catholic think tank and part museum with exhibits from the Vatican collections. It also will display items connected with the pope and his travels, said Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit.

To be built near the Catholic University of America in northeast Washington, the center will include galleries, theaters, study areas, gift shops and a dining area.

About $30 million has been donated, and efforts are under way to raise the rest, Cardinal Maida said.

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