Pope visit Barcelona Sunday 7th November 2010
Pope Benedict XVI visits Barcelona on 7th November 2010 to preside at the consecration of the still unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. Before coming to Barcelona the Pope (el Papa) will visit the shrine of Santiago de Compostela on 6th November. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that one purpose of the Pope's trip to Barcelona would be to "underline the dialogue between faith and art." The Sagrada Familia (which means Holy Family) cathedral is the unfinished masterpiece of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. This is the third visit to Spain by Pope Benedict since his election. In Spanish the pope is called "El Papa Benedicto XVI" and in Catalan "El Papa Benet XVI." This is a big event with 11 blocks around the church closed to traffic closed to traffic from Saturday 6 November to Monday 8 November, at 6 am. 6,000 spectators will watch the service inside the church and a further 36.000 seats will be available outside La Sagrada Familia for spectators to watch on big screens. Thousands more are expected to line the route of the Popemobile as it drives through Barcelona from 09.00 to 09.30 on 7th November.