Barcelona prepares itself to host Benedict XVI

Lluís Martínez Sistach's picture

On the 6th and 7th of November, the Holy Father Benedict XVI will honour us with an apostolic visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona. He will arrive on Saturday the 6th in the evening. He will spend the night in the Episcopal Palace. It will be a great honour for me, as Archbishop of Barcelona, to host the Holy Father.

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A losing battle

Santiago Ramentol's picture

The Benedict XVI visiting Barcelona embodies the figure of a theologian-Pope. I am not saying that this Pope is well-informed about the complex web of contemporary thinking and events. Few clerics are. He is a man shaped by the study of God and all that is related to divinity. And he does this - and he has always done so - in the light of revelation, not reason, of the past, not of the future, as Hans Küng, his old academy companion, explains in his memoirs.

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Social “Catalanism”

Montserrat Tura's picture

The certainty that Catalonia is a nation, widely shared by the vast majority of Catalan society and political forces, may come with different vital attitudes and ways to face the future. Some parties build everything into a more or less unreal imaginary, without practical immediate consequences. Others, myself included, firmly believe that great principles must be translated into everyday life, into concrete ways of doing things, into tangible realities and quantifiable social advancements.

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We have the right to decide

Francesc Homs i Molist's picture

Beginning a new era, that of Catalonia’s right to decide its future; a first step in this direction is the Catalan Economic Agreement. This is the political proposal of Convergència i Unió for the future that is already here.

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Catalonia, an excellent place to start a business

Antoni Abad's picture

According to the experts, the key variables involved in deciding where to start a new business are influenced by the proximity of: supply sources and first-class suppliers of all types; a qualified, motivated and abundant workforce at a competitive price; an excellent knowledge environment; a strategic location and quality infrastructures; strong markets; a dynamic financial environment; a high standard of living; and, an efficient government which is also supportive.

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Why keep a good thing under wraps?

D Sam Abrams's picture

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Joan Maragall’s birth in 1860.  And next year we commemorate the 100th anniversay of his death in 1911 at the early age of 50.

Two years, back to back, packed with all kinds of celebrations:  poetry recitals, dramatic readings, concerts, exhibits, documentaries, TV programs, monuments, literary walks, academic events, lectures, anthologies, critical editions, new books on the author...

Why all the fuss?  The answer is relatively easy.  Joan Maragall was a literary giant.

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The People’s Party of Catalonia’s campaign

Jordi Cornet's picture

The People’s Party of Catalonia (PPC) is running in the next autonomic elections with the objective of voicing the demand for a real change from Catalan society. The PPC is running with a serious political programme and solid teams, which guarantee the political renovation asked for by Catalans. The PPC is the real alternative to the Socialists, who have already shown the failure of their policies, and the CiU, which only has Catalan independence priorities on its agenda.

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Has the Catalan Government’s new funding model expired?

Maite Vilalta's picture

The Catalan Statute of Autonomy designs a model that matches two principles: fiscal autonomy and equity. It foresees that the Catalan Government has the capacity to decide on the largest part of its revenues (autonomy) and defines an equity criterion that must enable calculating what it gives to the rest of the autonomous governments in the concept of solidarity.

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The Economic Relations between Spain and Catalunya

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A Marriage of Convenience or an Impending Divorce?

Spain’s economic crisis has given added impetus to the growing sentiment for Catalan independence within this region, as evidenced by the emergence of new independence parties and increasing voices demanding independence, as seen in the massive march of July 10, 2010 in Barcelona. The economic crisis has not started this movement.  But by making the economic problems in Spain more immediate and deeper and hitting more people and by making the economic relations between the autonomic governments and the central government more visible, it has mightily contributed to it, along with recently adverse rulings on the Catalan Constitution, or the “Estatut” (not the subject of this article).

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Catalonia, a new European state

Joan Puigcercós's picture

Twenty-four years after joining the European Union (EU), the EU still does not officially recognise our language, the Catalan language. Spain and its representatives have made all kinds of efforts to avoid this recognition during all these years. They do not care, and are not at all bothered that Gaelic, which is spoken by some 70,000 people, is already an official EU language. They do not want to see the Catalan language reach this status, though it is spoken by more than 9 million European citizens.

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