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.
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.
From the BBC, link here, includes video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11705036