In 1970 Pope Paul VI entrusted the Legion of Christ
with the care of the Prelature of Chetumal-Cancún which covers
19,360 square miles of the state of Quintana Roo on
the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico). Paul VI appointed Mons. Jorge Bernal
Vargas, LC, as its first prelate.
|Bishop Jorge Bernal, LC|
Most of the natives
in this region are Mayans whose population numbers approximately 850,000.
They work as farmers or manual laborers. For their spiritual
care, Bishop Bernal counts on the presence of 10% of
all Legionary priests and numerous Regnum Christi lay coworkers. The
Legionaries serving as missionaries have built approximately 230 churches and
chapels since 1970. Some of the indigenous laity work as