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Transit strike looms in Barcelona during Pope's visit

October 21, 2010

A transport-workers union in Spain has announced plans to go on strike on the day when Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Barcelona.

The CGT union says that the 1-day strike is a protest against the costs of the papal visit. There have been wildly varying estimates of those costs. The transport-workers union argues that the public funds being expended for the papal trip should be used instead to provide free transportation for those in need.

Pope Benedict is scheduled to be in Barcelona on November 7, to preside at the consecration of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. He will also visit Santiago de Compostela earlier in his trip to Spain.


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