The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 27, 1997, Page 2, Image 2

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Basilica reopens
following quake
■ Technicians hope to be
able to rebuild the church
at St. Francis of Assisi.
ASSISI, Italy (AP) -
Worshipers returned to the Basilica
of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday,
exactly a month after an earth
quake devastated the 13th-century
monument to Italy’s patron saint.
The church, one of the coun
try’s most beloved shrines and
tourist attractions, remains closed
under the threat of continuing
tremors and with major restoration
work yet to begin.
Several hundred people packed
the crypt in the lower basilica.
“We are starting from the foun
dations for a journey of spiritual
renewal and material reconstruc
tion,” said the Rev. Giulio
Perrettoni, who celebrated Mass.
He is the custodian of the
Franciscan monastery attached to
the basilica.
Worshipers entered through a
side entrance from the monastery
directly into the chapel. The upper
basilica, where chunks of ceiling
with priceless frescoes fell to the
ground during the quake, also is
closed. Technicians are seeking to
shore up the rest of the ceiling.
Leaders of the Franciscans who
run the church say they hope to
reopen the basilica in time for
Jubilee celebrations at the begin
ning of 2000.
Four people died in the basilica
from the falling ceiling during the
second of two sharp quakes Sept.
26. Six other people died that day
in other towns hit by the temblors.
Some 40,000 people remain
homeless around Assisi and to the
east in the regions of Umbria and
First lady celebrates
50th birthday at home
Rodham Clinton spent a quiet 50th
birthday Sunday, ensconced at home
with her husband and daughter after a
surprise party that had her dancing until
the wee hours.
The weather in Washington was in
the low 50s and damp, which kept the
first family firmly indoors. Not a peep
' came from the White House residence
all day.
In true Washington fashion, the first
lady’s special day was fodder for the
Sunday talk shows. ABC-TV’s “This
Week” offered a video birthday card in
which average Americans politely
swore that Hillary Clinton looted much
too young to be 50.
“Oh, to be 50 again! Justakid!” said
host Sam Donaldson, 63, as he wished
the first lady a happy birthday with a
quote from poet Robert Browning:
“The best is yet to be, the last of life for
which the first was made.”
Sunday’s low-key activity was in
stark contrast to what’s in store for the
first lady beginning today: a public,
two-day celebration in her hometown of
Chicago that includes a speech, a chat
with a historian, a birthday bash at the
Chicago Cultural Center and a TV
appearance with talk show maven
Oprah Winfrey.
But a relaxed birthday seemed in
order because the first lady began cele
brating in the minutes after •midnight by
taking a few spins around the dance
floor during a surprise party at a posh
Washington hotel.
Wearing a red satin evening gown,
the first lady got a hint that something
It was a huge
surprise for Mrs.
Marsha Berry
White House spokeswoman
was up Saturday night when she and
President Clinton left the annual black- ,
tie gala iof; the. National Italian
American Foundation and their limou
sine suddenly detoured from the White
House toward the Sheraton Luxury
Collection Hotel on embassy-lined
Massachusetts Avenue.
Still, aides said, she was genuinely
surprised by the party, attended by
about 100 friends and daughter
Chelsea, who trekked across the coun
try for her mom’s birthday. It was
Chelsea’s first trip home since she
began her freshman year at Stanford
University a few weeks ago.
The first daughter crept into the
White House from the airport about 2
a.m. Saturday. “It was a huge surprise
for the first lady,” said spokeswoman
Marsha Berry.
The surprise party was planned by
Washington socialite Bufiy Cafritz and
Ann Jordan, wife ofClinton’s friend and
adviser Vernon Jordan.
The first lady also received a cake at
the Italian-American dinner - and a
“Happy Birthday” serenade from finger
Connie Francis.
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