New church to open at historic Guyana site

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2013 2:01 PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Catholics in Guyana say they will soon have a church again at the site of what was once one of the oldest houses of worship in the South American country.

Officials say the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church will reopen in downtown Georgetown in December. A Christmas Day electrical fire destroyed the colonial-era wooden structure in 2004. The new building of concrete and steel is nearly complete, but a statement issued by the church Monday says they still need to raise about $200,000 to finish the project.

Some Americans are familiar with the old church because it was used temporarily as a base of operations for U.S. cult leader Jim Jones. He later moved into the jungle and presided over the November 1978 poisoning of more than 900 cult members.