Saturday, July 8, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI Arrives in Valencia

(Chris Helgren - SPAIN/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Valencia, Spain today where he was greeted by King Juan Carlos (2nd Left) and Queen Sofia (Right). Tens of thousands of people waved yellow and white Vatican flags as they lined the route of the papal motorcade. He also was greeted by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who is responsible for legalizing gay marriage and many other evils. The Prime Minister has refused to attend Sunday Mass tomorrow even though people such as Cuba's Communist leader Fidel Castro, Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega and former Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski all attended Masses by Pope John Paul ll. Personally, I think it's better than a man that promotes such evil does not receive the Eucharist.
The Holy Father delivered a speech, and afterwards traveled to the Jesus Metro Station, where 42 people died just last July 3rd due to an accident.

During the Holy Father's opening remarks, he said: "The family is a unique institution in God's plan and the church cannot fail to proclaim and promote its fundamental importance." Even before he arrived in the airport, Pope Benedict XVI, in response to gay marriage questions, said, "According to human nature it is man and woman who are made for each other and to give humanity a future."
He said he wanted to stress the positive aspects of family life in Spain and elsewhere but added that there were some problems that could not be ignored.
"It is true that there are certain things that Christian life says 'No' to. We want to make people understand that according to human nature, it is a man and a woman who are made for each other and made to give humanity a future," he added.
"Let's shine a light on these positive things so we can try to make people understand why the Church cannot accept certain things but at the same time wants to respect people and help them," he said.
But he said preferred to stress the reality of "families that love each other ... which gives hope for the future."

Source: Yahoo News

Following the opening remarks, Pope Benedict XVI stopped at the Jesus Metro Station, where 42 people died on July 3, 2006 in a subway accident. The Holy Father bowed his head in silence, made the sign of the cross, asked for Mary to console the suffering, and laid a wreath of flowers there.

Photo Source: (AFP/POOL/Arturo Mari)

2 comment(s):

del_button July 8, 2006 at 9:01 PM
Anonymous said...

I thought I sun the vice-president of Spain, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, while I was watching the re-run. I didn't realize it was her until after. Was she there?

del_button July 8, 2006 at 9:14 PM
Matthew said...

Yes, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega was there.

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