• The Pope's visit to Barcelona

    In this special edition you will find news related to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Barcelona. In addition, a detailed schedule of the visit is provided.

    The Pope’s visit schedule



    21:00. Arrival at the Barcelona-El Prat Airport. He will be met by the Catalan President, José Montilla

    21:45. He will arrive at the Episcopal Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Barcelona, in a black Mercedes. He will have dinner and sleep in this medieval palace located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.



    09:00. He will leave the Episcopal palace in the Popemobile and head towards the Sagrada Família temple. He will take the following streets: Avinguda Catedral, Via Laietana, Pau Claris, Diputació, and Marina.

    09:30. Once at the Sagrada Família, the motorcade will surround the temple taking the following streets: Provença, Cerdenya and Mallorca.

    09:30. The Pope is will be received by the King and Queen of Spain at the Sagrada Família. They will meet in a room in the temple’s museum.

    10:00. The religious ceremony begins.

    12:00. Angelus prayer at the Nativity Façade of the Temple. 12:45. Benedict XVI heads towards the Episcopal Palace in the Popemobile.

    13:00. Arrival at the Episcopal Palace and lunch with the cardinals and bishops present in the ceremony.

    17:15. The Pope will arrive at the children’s centre Nen Déu, in the Guinardó neighbourhood. He will go there in a black Mercedes.

    18:00. He will leave the Nen Déu centre and go to the airport.

    18:30. The Pope will meet with the Spanish Prime Minister. Then he will speak in a goodbye ceremony, together with the King of Spain. The ceremony will take place in the Iberia new hangar.

    19:15. The Pope’s plane takes off from Barcelona.

The Pope has received handmade gifts at the Nen Déu centre (by L. Messi)

07.11.10 - 21:09

The Pope meets with Prime Minister Zapatero before departing back to Rome

Zapatero refused to attend the ceremonies in Santiago de Compostela and in Barcelona. This meeting was the only one they shared during the Pope’s trip. Zapatero’s decision, announced several days ago, raised controversy in Spain. The Pope...
Giant screens installed outside the Sagrada Familia to follow the Pope's mass (by X. Subias)

07.11.10 - 10:01

More photos and videos from the Pope's visit

Photogragraphs and videos reporting on the Pope's visit to Barcelona can be found here
A technician of the SEM showing an emergency aid kit (by ACN)

30.10.10 - 00:25

Medical services for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit largest of the year

Emergency Medical Services of Catalonia (SEM) will be equipped with 160 people, 38 ambulances and 4 hospital tents for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Barcelona. Thousand of people, most of them old, are expected to be on the streets and in the...
The Popemobile passing in front of the Barcelona's cathedral (by O. Campuzano)

07.11.10 - 15:16

Benedict XVI criticises the “aggressive secularism” in Spain before starting his visit

The Pope decided to politicise his visit to Spain. He made a brief speech on the plane after leaving Rome in which he attacked what he called “the aggressive secularism” in Spain nowadays, which reminded him of the situation in the 1930s. It...
Pupils from the L'Escolania choir study at the Montserrat Abbey's classrooms (by P. Gendrau)

03.11.10 - 22:24

800 singers will participate in Pope’s mass at Sagrada Família

The most prestigious choirs of Catalonia will sing at the religious ceremony inside Antoni Gaudí’s temple. The Orféo Català, the Coral Sant Jordi and the children’s choir of Montserrat Abbey will be amongst the participants.
Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona, Lluís Martínez-Sistach, during today's interview (by M. Bélmez)

26.10.10 - 23:13

Archbishop of Barcelona: “2,000 million people will watch the event. They will watch Barcelona.”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona responded to criticisms associated with the Pope’s upcoming visit in an interview with CNA. A controversy has been going on in Catalonia regarding the costs of Benedict XVI’s visit to Barcelona, when he...
The Pope enters the Glory Façade, which has an inscription of the Lord's Prayer in 20 languages (by EFE / A. Ballesteros)

07.11.10 - 13:59

The Pope spoke in Catalan and praised the Sagrada Família basilica

The Pope has declared the temple a “basilica”. He has also praised Antoni Gaudí’s church and the architect’s talent. The Pope was cheered by believers along the streets of Barcelona on his way to the Sagrada Família. Protesters against...
Isidro Catela, the press director of the Spanish Episcopal Conference during the press conference (by ACN)

02.11.10 - 23:44

51,000 chairs for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit

Spanish Episcopal Conference states that dedicating the Sagrada Família temple to God was a “personal desire” of Benedict XVI. 1,673 journalists have registered for Barcelona’s visit.