Created: 06/15/2014 11:56 AM
By: The Associated Press
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 , 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, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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