November 7, 2010.
Benedict's plane landed in Spain at Santiago
de Compostela under foggy conditions. However, the bad weather did
not dampen the party. He was received at the foot of the
ladder by the prince and princess of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia,
while the hymns of Spain and the Vatican played.
Before a shy and
visibly moved Pope, the heir to the Spanish crown thanked him
for his closeness to their country.Felipe
Spanish people really feel very honored that during the first five
years of your Pontificate you have visited Spain twice. In addition
to your trip in August of next year 2011, we will again have the
honor to welcome you to Madrid to celebrate the World Youth
feel a deep joy to be back in Spain, which has given the world a
galaxy of great saints, founders and poets, such as Ignatius of
Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Juan de la Cruz, Francisco Javier, and many
In his first speech in
Spain, the Pope asked the West to not
only addresses the physical needs of man but also the moral,
spiritual and religious.
also would like to invite
Spain and Europe to build its present and project its future from the
real truth of human existence, freedom and respect that truth never
hurts, and justice for all, beginning with the poor and helpless.”
Benedict XVI recalled
the reasons for his trip to Spain: the pilgrimage to the tomb of St.
James and the dedication of the Sagrada Familia.
to officials such as the
Vice President of the Spanish government and ministers, hundreds
of Galicians waited
for the Pope on the tarmac in Santiago de Compostela to give him
a warm welcome on his second trip to Spain.
more crowded along the 11 kilometer section
of road from the city to
the airport. He was
greeted by pipe bands, colored flags and