The governor of Puebla, Miguel Barbosa Huerta, inaugurated the replica of the Sistine Chapel in the atrium of the Cathedral. During the event the representative said, “God left me in this world to be governor, no way,” the Datamos site reported.
It is the second time that the governor of Puebla makes public reference to God and his governorship. Last October 9th he said that he won the election in 2018, but his opponents stole it: “And that’s how we won in many parts of the state, all of us who won on July 1, 2018, because I won, they stole it, but God punished them.”
The panista Martha Erika Alonso Hidalgo won the governorship to Barbosa in July 2018. Ten days after taking office, on December 24, 2018, Alonso Hidalgo and her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in and after an extraordinary election on June 2, 2019, Barbosa took office as governor of the state.
On the opening of the chapel, Barbosa said that bringing the replica to the state brings art closer to citizens so that it is not just for “privileged” people and is not “a matter of saying populist issues.”
Datamos stated that of the 16 million pesos it cost to bring the replica, the state put in 14 million, an amount that exceeds the annual budget of some state technology institutes.
We are very happy, “it is a great opportunity for our people, (who) enjoy this in family plan, let’s make students, that they all come (…) This is, as the Archbishop said, for believers and non-believers, this exhibition is not directed to promote a particular religion. It’s absolutely an art exhibition that also has a sense of religious identity for those who feel it, I’m sorry, I confess, but it’s absolutely art for everyone.”
The chapel is open free of charge in the Atrium of the Cathedral of Puebla from 30 November until 31 January 2020.
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