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World's largest themed stained glass windows unveiled in Cairns
    The world's largest themed stained-glass windows have been unveiled at St Monica's Cathedral in Queensland's Cairns Diocese.
    The 24 windows, produced and installed at the Cathedral, cost $800,000. Depicting the cycle of creation, they are six metres high and 1.7 metres wide and include 320 square metres of stained glass.
    They range in patterns from an exploded supernova to the formation of the earth, the development of Queensland landmarks and the arrival of humans to a crystal-pattern symbolising perfection.
    One of the windows includes a reproduction of an image of the Eagle Nebula - the so-called Pillars of Creation - taken by the Hubble space telescope.
    Stained-glass artists, Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn spent two years designing the windows and four years building them.
    Meanwhile Archbishop George Pell of Melbourne yesterday blessed and dedicated two new statues of St Francis of Asissi and St Catherine of Siena in the grounds of that city's St Patrick's Cathedral.