The damaged dome of Our Lady of Angels Church, which collapsed Sunday afternoon, is seen in the Guerrero neighborhood of Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Mexico quake leaves country's historic churches batteredOur Lady of Angels Church has survived several major earthquakes, but Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 shake proved to be the final death knell for the Mexico City building's historic cupola.Many of the battered churches are in the state of Puebla, where the quake's epicenter was located. There in the city of Atzala, a child's baptism turned into tragedy when the roof of a church collapsed, killing 11 family members inside, including the 2-month-old girl being christened.In Atzala, a town of 1,200 people, little remains of the golden yellow church with a red roof where the 11 people died.Damaged churches held mass in plazas and auditoriums.The replica, cracked and with progressively fading paint, has stood at the altar from the time the church was little more than a small hut to its present-day construction, built in the 19th century.Engineers told the church's leaders that the cupola has a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of collapsing.Projecting above the roof, the cupola is meant to symbolize how the church brings those inside closer to God.
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