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The inaugration of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona by The Pope
The Pope, will inaugurate the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on November the 7th. During a mass the Pope will accomplish the rite of consecration of the church. From this day this monumental and artistic temple will be consecrated as a basilica.
By: Marga Flores
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The Pope will arriva in Barcelona in the night of November the 6th. Beginning his journey in Santiage de Compostela the Pope will be on an apostolic visit to Spain. He will sleep in the chair of the archdiocese of Barcelona On Sunday he will inaugurate the Sagrada Familia, the main reason of his visit.
The mass, the inauguration of the basilica and Angelus
There will be room for 7500 people at the inauguration of the holy Sagrada Familia to attend. The King of Spain will be present too. The inauguration of the Sagrada Familia will be shown on large screens outside the church, so that everybody can watch the happening. It's expected that about half a million people will come te visit the happening.
The Pope will inaugurate the church as a basilica because of its artistic importance. The basilicas enjoy certain privileges and a higher grade because of its beauty and/or antiquity.
At 12:00 the Pope will pray the Angelus on the Plaza de San Pedro, in front of the Sagrada Familia. Precisely 28 years ago, Pope Johannes II did exactly the same. For everyone that is going to visit Barcelona at the beginning of November it's good to know that the Sagrada Familia will be closed these days to prepare for the arrival of the Pope.
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If you want to read more about the inauguration of the Sagrada Familia, you can visit the website of the archdiocese:
9:00 p.m. Arrival at the Barcelona airport (from Santiago de Compostela)
9:45 p.m. Pope arrives at the archdiocese. He'll spend the night here.
November the 7th
9:15 Transfer of the Pope to the Sagrada Familia by Pope mobile. He will make a lap around the church before entering the Sagrada Familia.
10:00 Mass in the church and inauguration of the Sagrada Familia.
12:00 Praying of Angelus (Plaza de San Pedro).
13:00 Lunch in the Archdiocese.
5:15 p.m. The Pope will visit the Christ Child Institude.
6:30 p.m. Official farewell ceremony at the airport El Prat.
7:15 p.m. Flight to Rome.
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