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Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero and the Pope met at the airport, just before going back to Rome (by EFE / A. Ballesteros)

07 November 2010 09:09 PM

The Pope meets with Prime Minister Zapatero before departing back to Rome

Zapatero refused to attend the ceremonies in Santiago de Compostela and in Barcelona. This meeting was the only one they shared during the Pope’s trip. Zapatero’s decision, announced several days ago, raised controversy in Spain. The Pope...
A gay couple kissing in front of the Pope onboard the Popemobile (by R. Garrido)

07 November 2010 03:16 PM

Benedict XVI criticises the “aggressive secularism” in Spain before starting his visit

The Pope decided to politicise his visit to Spain. He made a brief speech on the plane after leaving Rome in which he attacked what he called “the aggressive secularism” in Spain nowadays, which reminded him of the situation in the 1930s. It...

07 November 2010 01:59 PM

The Pope spoke in Catalan and praised the Sagrada Família basilica

The Pope has declared the temple a “basilica”. He has also praised Antoni Gaudí’s church and the architect’s talent. The Pope was cheered by believers along the streets of Barcelona on his way to the Sagrada Família. Protesters against...

07 November 2010 10:01 AM

More photos and videos from the Pope's visit

Photogragraphs and videos reporting on the Pope's visit to Barcelona can be found here

05 November 2010 10:09 PM

Everything is ready for the Pope’s visit to Barcelona

Barcelona is preparing the final details for the Pope’s visit. Benedict XVI is coming to Barcelona on Saturday night and will leave on Sunday evening. He is coming to declare the Sagrada Familia church a “basilica” and dedicate the temple to God.

03 November 2010 10:24 PM

800 singers will participate in Pope’s mass at Sagrada Família

The most prestigious choirs of Catalonia will sing at the religious ceremony inside Antoni Gaudí’s temple. The Orféo Català, the Coral Sant Jordi and the children’s choir of Montserrat Abbey will be amongst the participants.
Isidro Catela, the press director of the Spanish Episcopal Conference during the press conference (by ACN)

02 November 2010 11:44 PM

51,000 chairs for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit

Spanish Episcopal Conference states that dedicating the Sagrada Família temple to God was a “personal desire” of Benedict XVI. 1,673 journalists have registered for Barcelona’s visit.
The meat-processing CAG is the main company in Lleida (by ACN)

30 October 2010 12:29 AM

Guissona becomes first municipality in Catalonia where foreign citizens are a majority

Guissona, in the centre of Catalonia, has a large immigrant population, which now represents 50.08% of the village’s population. The reason is that Guissona hosts the largest company in the province, the Cooperativa Agropecuària de Guissona...
The vehicle that will transport the Pope has arrived to Barcelona (by ACN)

30 October 2010 12:25 AM

Medical services for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit largest of the year

Emergency Medical Services of Catalonia (SEM) will be equipped with 160 people, 38 ambulances and 4 hospital tents for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Barcelona. Thousand of people, most of them old, are expected to be on the streets and in the...
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