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An m POWER financed project in Tahoe received recognition from the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge for its deep retrofit.

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Set to a breathtaking scene with the majestic Popocatepetl Volcano in the backdrop, this charming town boasts a former Franciscan monastery built in the sixteenth century.

In this quaint town, which is about a four-hour bus ride from the bustling megalopolis Mexico City, the church bells ring every quarter of an hour.

Every full hour the large loudspeakers mounted on Tochimilco’s town hall broadcast secular tunes such as the , a song on the emigrants’ plight.

The chiming and broadcasting go on through the night.

I found myself waking up at three in the morning to the sound of “Mexicans, at the Cry of War,” the stirring national anthem.

In 1508, the kings of Castile obtained the , the right to appoint bishops and other important clerics in the Americas, thus expanding the royal influence over the Church there.In the mid-eighteenth century, the crown began evicting the friars from the indigenous parishes (Tochimilco in 1767), and in the first decade of the nineteenth century, the crown seized much of the Church wealth that was given as credit to debtors.In the nineteenth century, the Liberals issued the Reform Laws, establishing religious freedom, and wresting from the Church the civil registry as well as much of the remaining Church land.Finally, the Constitution of 1917, born out of the violent upheaval of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917), decreed the nationalization of even the church buildings.In practice, however, the laws have been loosely applied in the past decades, so that the priests retain much control over the buildings.In 2010 the PRI, the party of the Mexican Revolution, was voted out in the municipal elections of Tochimilco and replaced by the more Catholic-leaning PAN party.

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