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Barcelona from May 15 to 18

Bishop Echevarría arrived in Barcelona on Thursday May 15, in the evening. On the morning of the 16th, he presided at IESE (the Graduate School of Business) as Chancellor of the University of Navarre and gave an address at the opening of the Fifteenth International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society. His talk centered on the application of the Christian vision of the person to the business world.

That same morning he blessed a statue of our Lady at Pineda High School and spoke to the families and teachers assembled there. In the afternoon he went to the Church of Santa Maria de Montalegre, in Raval, a neighborhood with a high level of immigrants and unemployment. There he blessed a statue of St. Josemaria [1]

On the 17th, he was invited by the International University of Catalonia to give the closing lecture for a conference on “The Family and Society.”

In the evening the Prelate had a catechetical get-together with several thousand persons at the Viaró School.

On the 18th, before returning to Rome, he went to pray at the Basilica of La Mare de Déu de la Mercé (Our Lady of Ransom).

[1] See homily on p. 74

Romana, No. 46, January-June 2008, pag. 59.