- Jan 27, 2020
Property owners have a new yardstick by way of Spain for measuring frustration over building permit requests they suspect got lost in a local government bureaucracy.
Antoni Gaudí’s legacy is being revived.
Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, president of the Spanish bishops’ conference, expressed sadness for the Catalonian declaration of independence and reiterated support “for the constitutional order and … its restoration.” But in Catalonia, the Catholic justice and peace commission and 12 other Catholic organizations said Catalan institutions “predate and do not derive from the 1978 Spanish constitution.”
The Spanish ambassador to the Vatican, Ambassador Gerardo Bugallo, had a private meeting with Pope Francis, and afterwards a weekly Catholic magazine Vida Nueva, wrote that the pope spoke to Bugallo about the “Holy See’s position against every self-determination process that is not justified by a process of decolonization.”
After the terror attacks in Barcelona, Spain, terrorists are targeting Italy and the Vatican again with videos that call for ‘lone wolves’ to drive cars into the crowds and show people tearing up images representing saints and Pope Francis. “It may be only a matter of time before such an attack takes place,” the commander of the Swiss guards said.
When we turn on the TV we see tragedies that push us to lose hope, such as the deaths in Barcelona and the Democratic Republic of Congo or the plight of children and refugees, but Christian hope rests in looking toward Heaven, where our Father will wipe away our tears and bring us into the fold, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience.