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S+L BLOG: Spain



S+L’s Kris Dmytrenko is walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. He may write regular updates for the blog, or he may not until he reaches the end–as the spirit (and wifi availability) leads him. The Camino de Santiago is infused with Spanish Catholicism — as it should be, since this walking pilgrimage leads ...read more
A year ago Madrid was getting ready to receive the pope. The youth of the world arrived in Madrid to celebrate the faith. But one year after, were there fruits? I first thought about this when Salt and Light prepared the anniversary of WYD 2002. As a staff member for the Madrilenian WYD I asked ...read more
One of the most famous feasts in Spain is that of San Fermin in the city of Pamplona. Everyone has seen the images of people dressed in white running in front of the bulls. Behind that feast is Saint Fermin of Amiens. Who is he? Fermin is said to have been the son of a ...read more
Yesterday the universal church celebrated Elizabeth of Portugal known in her home country as Saint Queen Elizabeth. Elizabeth born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1271, she was the daughter of Peter III of Aragon and was married off to King Denis of Portugal in 1282.  From the beginning Elizabeth showed a great compassion to the poor. ...read more
The economic crisis weighing down on Europe has caused staggeringly high unemployment rates, resulting in some families losing part or all of their income. People who never had trouble making ends meet, now find they need help feeding their families. At the same time many people who used to donate faithfully to aid agencies, have ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, Pedro reviews the big moments of 2011. Who better to talk to than three of Salt + Light’s producers who have been there covering those events. Kris Dmytrenko, Alicia Ambrosio and Cheridan Eygelaar give Pedro their perspective about the key moments for the Church in 2011. ...read more
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service’s Rome correspondent, gives us an overview of Pope Benedict’s recently-completed trip to Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day. ...read more
Alicia gives us the basics about today’s walking route that will take pilgrims from downtown Madrid to Cuatro Vientos Air Base for the prayer vigil and closing Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. ...read more
World Youth Day in Madrid ends this weekend with a giant celebration. The setting for it all is Cuatro Vientos, an air base whose length is equivalent to 48 football fields–an area capable of hosting the over one million people expected to attend the events with the Holy Father. Fr. Javier Cremades, in charge of ...read more
A presentation was made of the scenes that will cover the Via Crucis (or Stations of the Cross) that will be  held Friday on the Paseo de Recoletos. The WYD Via Crucis will feature pasos (statues used in Spanish Holy Week processions) from 12 Spanish cities. Each of these images illustrates a Station of the ...read more