Pope arrives in Spain for two-day visit

6th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Saturday for the start of a two-day visit that will also take him to Barcelona.

The 83-year-old pope, wearing an ankle-length white cloak, waved as he emerged from the fog-enshrouded Alitalia plane that flew him from Rome.

He was greeted on the tarmac of the airport by Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia as well as several local political and Church officials.

Before celebrating mass, the pope will pray at the tomb said to hold the remains of Saint James the Apostle, discovered by a hermit in 813.

On Sunday, he heads to Barcelona to sanctify Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia.

© 2010 AFP

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