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Pope will consecrate in Barcelona the most modern temple in Europe

Up to 40,000 seats and several giant screens will be distributed around the basilica so that the throngs of people can watch the ceremony.Juan Lara

Correspondent of EFE News Agency (Vatican)

“Benedict will arrive in Barcelona and will come to Spain to encourage Christians in their faith and also to stress the importance of the family based on a marriage between a man and a woman... The family as a basic pillar of society.”

After the Mass, the Pope will pray the Angelus outside this basilica?s facade, which was the only part that was fully completed by the artist Antonio Gaudi.In Barcelona, the Pope will also meet with the Spanish royal family, including King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, as well as the Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.During his stay in Barcelona the Pope will try a typical Spanish dessert “crema catalana,” made from egg, milk, and sugar. And the Pope will not return to Rome empty-handed. Pastry chefs have promised Catalan chocolate shaped in the form of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The memory of his second trip to Spain will be a sweet one. JMB/AEPP-PR-