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

Before a shy and visibly moved Pope, the heir to the Spanish crown thanked him for his closeness to their country.Felipe de BorbónORIGINAL SPANISH"The 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 Day." Benedict XVIORIGINAL SPANISH01,10,00 “I 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 more.” 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. Benedict XVIORIGINAL SPANISH“I 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.In addition 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.Thousands more crowded along the 11 kilometer section of road from the city to the airport. He was greeted by pipe bands, colored flags and applause.JMB/AECTVGDP-BN