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Protesters in Spain Decry Cost of Papal Visit

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Riot police in Madrid have clashed with demonstrators protesting the cost of Pope Benedict’s visit to Spain at the time the country is grappling with financial woes. Spanish daily newspaper El Pais reported Thursday that eight people had been arrested and 11 others hurt in the street violence. Left-leaning groups organized the protest march Wednesday […]

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Spain’s World Youth Day Celebration Brings Papal Visit and Protests

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The week-long faith extravaganza of World Youth Day is under way in Madrid, with more than one million young Catholics from around the world expected to pour into the city before Pope Benedict arrives on Thursday. Highlights of the celebration include a mass confession and prayer vigil in the presence of the Pope in Madrid […]

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Spanish Police: Student Planned Gas Attack on Anti-Pope Protest

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:53 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have arrested a Mexican chemistry student who was allegedly planning to attack demonstrators who are protesting an upcoming visit to Spain by Pope Benedict. Officials say the student, whose identity has not been released, was arrested Tuesday in Madrid. Police say he planned to use asphyxiating gases and other chemical substances […]

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Pope’s Visit To Spain Comes Under Fire For Excessive Costs

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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The cost of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week is coming under fire from lay groups and even some priests as the country grapples with painful budget cuts. The pope arrives in Madrid on August 18 to attend the final four days of the Roman Catholic Church’s six-day World Youth Day festivities. Festival […]

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