Roman Catholicism in Spain

Roman Catholicism in Spain

The Spanish Catholic Church, part of the global Roman Catholic Church, is under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, curia in Rome, and the Conference of Spanish Bishops.


There are over 37 million baptized, covering about 90% of the total population. There are 70 dioceses and archdioceses. Like the French church, the Spanish church oversees one of the greatest repositories of religious architecture (and art) in the world, including Sagrada Familia Cathedral (of Antoni Gaudi) in Barcelona, Granada Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, a popular pilgrim site, Seville Cathedral, Toledo Cathedral, and Cordoba's Mezquita (officially known as the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Asumption). In 2007, over 100,000 people walked to Santiago de Compostela alone. [Cite web |url= |first=Christopher |last=Howse |title=Blisterless on the road to Santiago |publisher="The Telegraph," |date=2008-06-07 |accessdate=2008-08-07] Holy Week in Seville also attracts thousands pilgrims and toursits alike. For centuries Holy Week has had a special signifiance in the church calendar in Seville, where early on Good Friday the darkened streets become the stage for the solemn processions of penitents.

ee also

*List of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Spain


*Cite web |url= |title=Survey |publisher= Sociological Research Center - Madrid, Spain |accessdate=2008-08-07 es icon

External links

* [ The Holy See — The Vatican's Official Website]

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