Macau, China, Oct 4, 2019 / 18:01 pm
A diocese in southern China expressed disappointment Wednesday regarding a patriotic light-show that had been projected on the remains of a famous Catholic church.
For three consecutive nights beginning Sept. 29, the Macau Government Tourism Office projected government principles and symbols onto the Ruins of St. Paul's, located at Freguesia de Santo António on the western side of the Macau peninsula.
The event was named the "Glorious Splendor in Celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China." It projected pro-government statements, including Macau's integration into China 20 years ago, and Chinese symbols, such as the country's flag.
The Diocese of Macau expressed disappointment in the light show in an Oct. 2 statement. The display was projected onto the church's southern facade - the last standing piece of the church - but did not represent the church's history. The ruins are also known as "the facade of the Church of the Mother of God."