Southern Illinois Church Destroyed by 2012 Tornado Reopens

Ridgway (AP) — A southern Illinois Roman Catholic church destroyed by a February 2012 tornado has reopened after a $6 million rebuilding effort. The Leap Day twister demolished St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ridgway nearly four years ago. Only a marble altar and its foundation survived. WSIL-TV reports that the Gallatin County church held a Sunday night Mass to commemorate the renamed St. Kateri Church. The church is named for St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American saint.