Remember also that Benedikt has strong Franciscan crusader ties, being THE crusader pope par excellence, and the Franciscan order being THE crusader order by excellence ( it received the title of "guardian of the Holy Places" centuries ago, and caused us all the troubles in the world. Yes, that is correct, cute and touching little "saint Francis of Assisi who loves all animals" notwithstanding ). But so does Obama, apparently, if he was reared by the Franciscans: Obama the confused little crusader in the making, cannot decide whether to root for the Catholics or for the Muslims ... at any rate, certainly against the Jews in the Holy Land! That explains it all, doesn't it.
- VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will visit Spain in November, the Vatican announced Friday
“On Nov. 6 and 7 His Holiness Benedict XVI will make an apostolic trip to Spain, during which he will visit Santiago de Compostela on the occasion of the Compostela Jubilee Year, and Barcelona, for the consecration of Church of the Holy Family,” the Vatican said in a communique.
This will be the pope’s second visit to Spain since he presided over the 5th World Meeting of the Families in Valencia in July 2006.
Santiago de Compostela is “a center of great spiritual significance” for Europe, which is why the pope is giving such importance to the visit, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told Efe.
With the consecration of the church designed by Gaudi, the pope wishes to highlight the dialogue between faith and art.
Benedict XVI will be met at the airport in Santiago de Compostela by Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia.
After making a speech at the cathedral in Santiago, the pope will lunch with Spanish cardinals and bishops.
The pontiff will say a Mass in commemoration of the 2010 St. James Holy Year in Obradoiro Square, which some 12,000 of the faithful are expected to attend.
In Barcelona, Benedict will meet with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia before consecrating the Church of the Holy Family.
The pope will return to Rome the evening of Nov. 7.
This will be the 18th foreign trip by Benedict in his five years as pontiff.
Netanyahu-Abbas Meeting Postponed
- Spain Recognizes Non-Existent Palestinian State
"Today, Foreign Minister Moratinos, has announced that will behave diplomatically as if The PA was the government of The Palestinian State, its mission in being given diplomatic status of an Embassy as well as The consulate in , that from today will be a Spanish Embassy.
He will encourage others to follow in preparation for the coming declaration of independence."
We have been keeping you informed of the growing movement to legitimize a Palestinian State outside the normal international framework of the creation of a State. Spain's action is a big step toward establishing such an entity. It completely sidelines Israel on this issue, so it is not dependent on Israel's approval. By ignoring Israel it sets the stage for the international community to recognize a Palestinian State along the 1967 boundaries. The Palestinians do not have to agree to anything to get this "prize." Therefore their demands for the so called right of return, their demands for Jerusalem to be their capital, and their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish State will be granted to them and they will be asked for nothing in return.
Spain, as a major state in the European Union, is providing political cover for several other states that are vehement opponents of Israel.
This development is a very serious matter.