Almudena Cathedral, in Madrid © Spanish Episcopal Conference

Spain: Vatican Secretary of State does not Oppose Franco Exhumation

Statement by Press Director of the Vatican

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After the meeting held yesterday, October 29, 2018, by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, and Carmen Calvo, Vice President of the Government of Spain, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke, issued a statement on October 30, 2018:

“Regarding the meeting yesterday between the Secretary of State of the Holy See and the Vice President of the Government of Spain, I would like to state the following: Cardinal Pietro Parolin does not oppose the exhumation of Francisco Franco, if the competent authorities have decided in favor, but will at no time comment regarding the place of burial.

“It is true that Mrs. Carmen Calvo expressed her concern about the possible burial in the cathedral of Almudena and her desire to explore other alternatives, also through dialogue with the family. The Cardinal Secretary of State thought this solution was appropriate.”

The confusion has been provoked by -according to some Spanish media- the communication from the Government of Spain on Tuesday that the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Pietro Parolin, had guaranteed to Carmen Calvo at that meeting her opposition to the fact that the Franco’s remains were buried in the cathedral of Almudena.

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Rosa Die Alcolea

Profesional con 7 años de experiencia laboral en informar sobre la vida de la Iglesia y en comunicación institucional de la Iglesia en España, además de trabajar como crítica de cine y crítica musical como colaboradora en distintos medios de comunicación. Nació en Córdoba, el 22 de octubre de 1986. Doble licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicación Audiovisual en Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid (2005-2011). Ha trabajado como periodista en el Arzobispado de Granada de 2010 a 2017, en diferentes ámbitos: redacción de noticias, atención a medios de comunicación, edición de fotografía y vídeo, producción y locución de 2 programas de radio semanales en COPE Granada, maquetación y edición de la revista digital ‘Fiesta’. Anteriormente, ha trabajado en COPE Córdoba y ABC Córdoba.

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