Appeal launched to help restore historic cathedral in Mauritius

August 15, 2019

[Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Mauritius and former primate of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean, Archbishop Ian Ernest, has helped launch an appeal to restore the Cathedral of St. James, the mother church of the Diocese of Mauritius, which has been closed for the past year.

The Archbishop, who will take up his new role as the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome later this year, said: “The cathedral has been used as a place of prayer since 1832. Today we have the opportunity to give a second birth to this holy place, which is part of the national heritage of Port Louis. We pray God’s help is with us to discover the generosity within us, so that together future generations are able to discover the diligence with which we have taken care of this holy place, which belongs to all of us.”

The appeal aims to raise funds towards the restoration of the 160-year-old building, which has gradually been falling into disrepair with damage to its roofs and internal structures.

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