Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Pope meets Spanish royals and PM

Pope Benedict XVI waves from his Popemobile in Puerta de Alcala square in Madrid (AP)
A demonstrator is detained by plain clothes police officers in Madrid during a protest against the Pope's visit to Spain (AP)
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against the visit of the Pope to Madrid (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI is meeting with the Spanish royal family and separately with prime minister Jose Luis Zapatero on the second day of his visit to the country.

Later, the pontiff will travel 30 miles north-west of Madrid to the El Escorial monastery where he will meet with young nuns and members of religious orders and Catholic university professors.

His addresses to them are expected to touch on some of his major themes such as the role of God in a secular world and the need for young people to be taught to seek truth.

He will then return to Madrid for lunch with World Youth Day volunteers and then take part in an evening re-enactment of the Way of the Cross procession, a staple of World Youth Days.

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