Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Pope arrives in Spain

The Pope has landed in Madrid on a four-day visit during which Spain will attend the World Youth Day. To welcome Benedict XVI at the foot of the stairs of the plane were King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero's surprise. On the runway waiting for him also some thousands of young Catholic pilgrims who cheered the pontiff, waving flags of the Vatican and Spain.

For Benedict XVI it's the third visit to Spain since the beginning of his pontificate, the second in less than 10 months after that last November in Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona. The Spanish capital is armored, heavy measures to ensure security after a vigil of tension in which there have been clashes between Papaboys and indignados, and charges of police, there was also the arrest of a young volunteer Catholic suspected of wanting to make an attempt to lay to protest the arrival of the Pope.

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