San José, Costa Rica, Mar 9, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Bishops Conference of Costa Rica has been granted the exclusive rights by the country’s theaters to debut Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”
Fr. Glemn Gómez, spokesman for the Bishops, said ticket sales for the debut will be used to finish financing Radio Fides, the official radio station of the Archdiocese of San Jose, Radio Fides.
The premier of “The Passion” will take place on March 18, in Magaly Theater, the oldest and largest in San Jose.
Tickets for the event quickly sold out, which was an encouraging sign for the Costa Rican bishops. Most of the tickets were purchased by priests and lay people connected with the work of the Church in that country.