San Pedro Sula (Agenzia Fides) - With a solemn Mass presided by His Exc. Mgr. Ángel Garachana, Bishop of the diocese of San Pedro Sula, a new temple dedicated to the Christ of Esquipulas was inaugurated. The solemn ritual, concelebrated by pastor Don Héctor Mario Salazar, was attended by hundreds of faithful who gathered on July 18 in the new church located in the colonial Buenos Aires neighborhood in San Pedro Sula. The largest group of faithful devotees of the Christ of Esquipulas, belongs to the parish of Santa Cruz.
It was a real feast, "after 10 years of activities and events we see this dream come true" said José Luis Reitel Caballero, head of the Basic Ecclesial Communities and one of the leaders of the construction of the temple project. The church's construction began officially in 2010, with the aim of having "The Black Christ" in Honduras, as the note sent by FidesDiarioDigital informs. In this way, the Honduran faithful will no longer have to travel to Guatemala to pray before the image of the Black Christ. The place of worship can accommodate 400 people.
The occasion was also a favourable moment to celebrate the Day of the Diocese. On Sunday, July 9, the entire diocese celebrated the 54th anniversary of the foundation. The Diocese of San Pedro Sula, says the note, witnesses the love of God in 35 parishes, through 38 religious congregations, 17 lay associations, movements and 1,850 basic ecclesial communities. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/07/2017)