- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

MESILLA, N.M. (AP) - A Roman Catholic church that’s a popular stop for tourists in southern New Mexico has reopened with some much needed upgrades.

The Basilica of San Albino in Mesilla reopened Friday for 5:30 p.m. Mass after getting some cosmetic retouching.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (https://bit.ly/1lnthlb), changes to the church include energy-efficient lighting and electrical systems, a better air conditioning system, new carpet and refurbished pews.

The church has been closed since May 7 for the renovation project.

The basilica was dedicated in 1908 but a church has stood on Mesilla Plaza since the 1850s.

The Rev. Richard Catanach says monthly electricity bills should be smaller now.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com



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