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Spain gears up to welcome the Pope

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Santiago de Compostela in Spain, with its ornate cathedral, is waiting to welcome Pope Benedict the 16th on a visit this weekend.

The iconic pilgrimage destination should welcome the Pontiff with open arms – but things in the rest of Spain might be different.

There has been a seismic shift in recent years – with laws allowing gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier access to abortion.

But not everyone wants to see the Pope here in Spain. Some are angry that they are being forced to foot the bill.

The estimated cost to the taxpayer of the Pontiff’s trip to Spain will be around 3.7 million euros.