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Papal trip to Santiago de Compostela: Pope received with enthusiasm in Spain


Before a shy andvisibly moved Pope, the heir to the Spanish crown thanked himfor his closeness to their country.

Felipede Borbón

"TheSpanish people really feel very honored that during the first fiveyears of your Pontificate you have visited Spain twice. In additionto your trip in August of next year 2011, we will again have thehonor to welcome you to Madrid to celebrate the World YouthDay."


01,10,00 “Ifeel a deep joy to be back in Spain, which has given the world agalaxy of great saints, founders and poets, such as Ignatius ofLoyola, Teresa of Avila, Juan de la Cruz, Francisco Javier, and manymore.”

In his first speech inSpain, the Pope asked the West to notonly addresses the physical needs of man but also the moral,spiritual and religious.


“Ialso would like to inviteSpain and Europe to build its present and project its future from thereal truth of human existence, freedom and respect that truth neverhurts, and justice for all, beginning with the poor and helpless.”

Benedict XVI recalledthe reasons for his trip to Spain: the pilgrimage to the tomb of St.James and the dedication of the Sagrada Familia.

In additionto officials such as theVice President of the Spanish government and ministers, hundredsof Galicians waitedfor the Pope on the tarmac in Santiago de Compostela to give hima warm welcome on his second trip to Spain.

Thousandsmore crowded along the 11 kilometer sectionof road from the city tothe airport. He wasgreeted by pipe bands, colored flags andapplause.