Pope Benedict consecrates Barcelona's Sagrada Familia

The Pope consecrated the Sagrada Familia and met Royals while in Barcelona.Pope Benedict XVI has consecrated Antoni Gaudi's unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia, as a basilica in the Spanish city of Barcelona.The Pope sprinkled holy water on the altar before a congregation of more than 6,500 people.(大意是說教宗去了天才可惜死的早的大建築師高地的最偉大的作品「聖家堂」撒了聖水,並且宣佈聖家堂可以用了,賜給宗座聖殿頭銜。這不但是這座已興建128年仍未完工的教堂首次被當成教堂使用,同時也是見證人類建築的一個新紀元。)


Gaudi's greatest work has been under construction for more than a century, and will not be finished before 2026.The current chief architect said he hoped the Pope's visit would provide the boost needed to finish the work.Before leaving for Rome from Barcelona's El Prat airport, Pope Benedict called on Europe's Catholics to renew their faith.

"May this faith find new vigour on this continent and become a source of inspiration," he said at the end of the two-day visit.

In his earlier homily, he again criticised divorce, same-sex marriage and abortion.He was seen off by dignitaries including Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

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