EWTN to Broadcast Pope's Spain Trip

Two-day Trip Includes Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona

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IRONDALE, Alabama, NOV. 5, 2010 (Zenit.org).- EWTN will be providing Catholics all over the world the ability to witness all of Benedict XVI’s public appearances during his historic trip to Spain this weekend.

EWTN Global Catholic Network announced that it will provide coverage of the Pope’s trip through each of its media outlets. EWTN Television Networks provides nine networks and will broadcast in English, Spanish, French and German. The faithful can also tune into EWTN Radio Network (www.ewtn.com/radio/amfm.htm), Sirus Satellite Channel 160 and www.ewtn.com, which will provide  live video streaming of the Pontiff’s planned events.

Television coverage will begin Saturday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 a.m. (all times reflect Eastern Daylight Time), with the Pope’s arrival in Santiago de Compostela, where he will be greeted by the prince of Asturias, Felipe, son of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sophía; and the princess of Asturias, the prince’s wife, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

At 8 a.m., the Pope will visit the Cathedral of Santiago. At 11:30 a.m., he will celebrate Mass in front of the cathedral, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, as a part of the Compostelian Jubilee Year.

On Sunday, Nov. 7, coverage will begin at 4 a.m. The Pope will meet in the morning with the king and queen of Spain, Juan Carlos I and Sophía, in the museum hall of the church.

He will then say Mass at 5 a.m., where he will consecrate Holy Family and its altar, and designate the church a basilica. Afterward, Benedict XVI will lead the faithful in praying the midday Angelus.  

At 11:15 a.m., viewers can watch as the Holy Father visits a church-run education, social and medical center — the “Obra Benefico-Social Nen Deu” (social charity God-Child) — which is a diocesan foundation for people with disabilities run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

Then, at 12:30 p.m., EWTN will broadcast the farewell ceremony at the Barcelona Airport.

Radio coverage of the Nov. 6 Mass at Santiago de Compostela will air at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the Nov. 7 Mass at The Church of the Holy Family will air at noon on Sunday.

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