The Holy Father will visit Spain November 6-7 during which he will close out the holy year with Mass in the Plaza de Obradoiro. On Sunday, the Pontiff will meet with King Juan Carolos I and Queen Sophía of Spain in the museum hall of the Church of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) after which he will consecrate the church and its altar during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
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Holy Mass at 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM
The Holy Father will celebrate Mass and pronounce a homily for the Compostela Holy Year in the city's Plaza de Obradoiro
Holy Mass at Sagrada Familia at 4:00am ET /1:00am PT
The Holy Father will preside at Mass, during which he will consecrate the church of the "Sagrada Familia". Following the Mass he will pray the Angelus in the outdoor square
Spain – Constitutional monarchy on the Iberian peninsula in SW Europe: capital, Madrid. Christianity came to Spain in the first century.
The first evangelists may have been St. Paul and St. James. Some suffered martyrdom in 3rd century persecutions. In the 5th century, the Visigoths invaded. They brought the Arian heresy, but were converted to Catholicism by 589. They ruled until the invasion of the Muslim Moors in the 8th century.
The Church survived Muslim rule, with Christians gradually winning back their land, until the last of the Moors were expelled in 1492. In the same year Columbus discovered America. ....more
Pope Words to Spanish Bishops in 2006:
....You know that I follow closely and with much interest the life of the Church in your Country, a Country with deep Christian roots, one which has greatly contributed and must still contribute to the proclamation and spread of the fait to many other parts of the world. Keep alive and vigorous this spirit, which has accompanied the life of Spaniards throughout their history, so that it will help nourish and vitalize the soul of your People..... more
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Eucharistic Concelebration with the new Cardinals
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