January 2, 2011.
kicked off with widely anticipated Papal visits to the pilgrimage
site of Santiago de Compostela and the Spanish city of Barcelona.
to tradition, Benedict XVI prayed before the crypt of the apostle
James and incensed the church with a giant burner called the
“botafumeiro,” which is about the size of an adult human being
and hangs in front of the main altar.
Barcelona, the Pope consecrated the temple of the Sagrada Familia,
the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi. Construction on the
basilica is expected to continue until 2025.
few days later, Benedict XVI published the most important document
regarding the Bible since the Second Vatican Council. Entitled
“Verbum Domini” ("The Word of the Lord"), the document
is a papal reflection on the conclusions of the 2008 Synod of Bishops
on the Word of God.
work urges Catholics to recognize the way the Bible responds to the
needs of humanity and emphasizes the need to improve Catholics'
familiarity with the Bible, as well as the need for families to read
and understand it and keep one in the house.
the end of the month, a book based on an exclusive interview with the
Pope was published in which the Pope responded to pressing questions
regarding the possibility of his resignation, his papal election and
even the economic crisis. The book was written by German journalist
Peter Seewald and is called “Light of the World: The Pope, The
Church, and the Signs of the Times.”
Light of the World
“He's a Pope that welcomes you, that takes time for every
question. He is a man of dialogue that does not have any problem in
facing critical questions. Furthermore, this Pope is not afraid of
lights marked the start of December at the Vatican, as well as the
traditional construction of the Nativity and the decorating of the
Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square.