Friday, December 11, 2015

Invaders of... Cancun's Green Areas, Legionaries of Christ Paradise, Part 4

See latest part of the Legionaries' Paradise article by Emiliano Ruiz Parra ranslated from the Spanish

Invaders of ....

Plans for monumental Cathedral Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Sea in Cancun

In city block (Supermanzana) number 30 the Legionaries appropriated part of the park. They invaded it little by little. Seven thousand square meters of space had been allotted to the local community. They divided it in four: one for the pre-school, another for the elementary school, a third for the bandstand (kiosco) and the last was a green area. In the green area the Legionaries started building a small church (capilla). Whenever the padre –a Legionary of Christ- came to say Mass, one of the neighbors would open the gate for him.
One day, that neighbor, Mario Cortés, had to leave town and he loaned the keys to the padre; loaned them until his return. Mario never saw those keys again. The chapel passed into Legion hands and a year later so did the 1,000 square meters of green area it stood on.