Pope to visit Spain in November
Pope Benedict XVI is to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in November, the northern Spanish city's archbishop Julian Barrio announced Wednesday.
Santiago de Compostela, which is regarded as the burial place of Saint James, marks a holy year dedicated to the apostle this year. The holy year takes place every time the day of Saint James, which is on July 25, falls on a Sunday, DPA reported.
The pope will visit Santiago de Compostela on November 6, said Barrio, who met Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Monday.
On November 7, the pope will come to Barcelona to inaugurate the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) church, Barcelona archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach announced.
The church, which was designed by the legendary late architect Antoni Gaudi, has been under construction since the late 19th century.
The visit will be Benedict XVI's second to Spain as pope, after visiting Valencia in July 2006.
Santiago de Compostela is one of the main pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world.