Macau Catholic centre to be reconstructed soon

(UCAN) The redevelopment of a Catholic center in Macau is entering its final stage that will see the dilapidated building reconstructed for use for exhibitions, formations and hospitality, following a public consultation.

“The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau of Macau opened a public consultation on June 20 to see whether anyone has any objections,” Teresa Lo, assistant coordinator of the redevelopment project, told

The consultation ended July 4 and Macau diocese will now wait for the result and any final amendments of government documents to begin, Lo added.

The Catholic center has been left idle for more than 20 years. The diocese has planned to redevelop it since 2011 but no progress was made until this year.

Local Catholics believed the delay was partly due to the early retirement of Bishop Lai Hung-seng. Bishop Lai retired due to health reasons in January 2016 and was succeeded by Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, a former auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong.

Macau Diocese released a statement June 23 revealing the plan to turn the former center into a 20-storey building for three purposes, “exhibitions, formations and hospitality.” [More]