Page 1, 27th November 1953

27th November 1953
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Page 1, 27th November 1953 — A MILLION PILGRIMS

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People: St. James, Ouiroga
Locations: Santiago


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For Spain's Holy Year

ABOUT 1.000.000 pilgrims from Spain and other countries are expected at Compostella for the Holy Year there in 1954 in honour of St. James the Apostle. Patron of Spain.

Pilgrimages from England, Ireland and France have already been announced, states Cardinal'Ouiroga, Archbishop of Santiago dc Cornpostella.

Santiago. the oldest and most famous place of pilgrimage in Spain, contains the shrine of St. James, who according to legend landed in Padron and for seven sears preached the Gospel in Galacia. His body lies under the high altar of Compostela Cathedral.

By a privilege granted in the 12th century. Compostela has its own Holy Year whenever the saint's feast —July 25—falls on a Sunday.

Cardinal Quiroga recalled that the last Holy Year at Compostela, in 1948, brought 650,000 visitors to the shrine, hut he said "the resurgence of the pilgrim spirit" promises ninny more in 1954.

The celebrations will include exhibitions of ecclesiastical art and a series of conferences on historical and theological subjects.

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