Palma.—The new bishop of Majorca, Javier Salinas, has fallen in line with the high profile campaign to restore the roof of Lluc monastery damaged during a hurricane force squall in September this year. The project consists of individual dedication of enough tiles to replace those which were either blown off the roof altogether or which remain too badly damaged to be of use.

It was through regional television channel IB3 that a roof tile was despatched to Salinas in Girona, so that the bishop could sign it and afterwards the journalist from IB3 sent the tile directly to Lluc monastery, in time for it to arrive during Sunday's Mass.

The Lluc choir school, referred to as the Blauets because of the blue robes they wear, also joined in the official “thank you” to the new bishop.
In a special homage paid on Sunday, the prior of Lluc monastery Antoni Vallespir, paid tribute to the new bishop's willingness to back the project.
In the text on the brick signed by Salinas, the bishop prays to the Virgin Mary to ask her assistance in restoring the roof of the monastery.
The new bishop's tile is just one of many dedicated by thousands of visitors to the monastery since the September squall who have wanted to “give something back” to the most emblematic holy place of the Serra Tramuntana, by contributing to and signing a tile.

Meanwhile, works on the reconstruction of the roof continue with the slogan of “a hurricane won't destroy the will of the people” spurring the craftsmen on.


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