Benedict XVI will make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Source: FSSPX News

In this holy Year of Compostela I myself hope to join, in November, the numerous pilgrims along the road that will take me also to Barcelona. Let us follow the path of our life, following in the footsteps of the Apostle, ceaselessly giving witness to our faith, hope, and charity,” the pope declared at the recitation of the Angelus on July 25.

Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio, the ordinary of Santiago de Compostela, announced the upcoming visit of the pope on November 6, and described it as historic, because “it will be the first time that a supreme pontiff comes to Santiago de Compostela specifically to pay homage to Saint James in the year of his jubilee.” Although John Paul II did visit in 1982, a jubilee year, the archbishop explained, the pope had gone that year to Santiago de Compostela as part of his pastoral visit to Spain. “This time, Benedict XVI wished to expressly pray at the tomb of the apostle on this specific occasion.”

The Holy Father will be welcomed at the international airport of Lavacolla by the Spanish royal family and by the civil and religious authorities. The Supreme Pontiff, after arriving in the city by car, “will enter the cathedral by the door of Azabachería,” explained Archbishop Barrio Barrio. “He will stop to pray for several minutes in the communion chapel and over the location where, according to tradition, the mortal remains of the Apostle James are found. He will then address those present in the cathedral, including many sick people,” and will attend the spectacular incensing by the “botafumeiro”, the gigantic censer suspended from the vaulted roof of the cathedral. Afterward Benedict XVI will go to Plaza Obradoiro to celebrate Mass. At the end of the liturgy, he will travel to Barcelona.