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  • Pope Francis reportedly against the division of Spain

    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.”

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  • Priest creates appearance of Mass as cover for Catalan independence vote

    Priest creates appearance of Mass as cover for Catalan independence vote

    Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia divided not only the broader Spanish society, but also the Catholic Church. One priest in Catalonia who backed the independence drive went so far as to fake celebrating a Mass on Sunday in order to provide cover while ballots were counted, with the idea being that Spanish police would be hesitant to barge in if they thought Mass was underway.

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  • Catalonia: Bishops condemn ‘deplorable’ violence during separatist vote

    Cardinal Juan José Omella, of Barcelona said on Sunday, “We have to find a peaceful and democratic way out of the situation we’re living.” According to regional authorities, more than 800 people were wounded amidst clashes between voters and the national security forces, who had been ordered to stop the referendum, deemed illegal by the national courts, following Spain’s Constitution.

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