1. (CSMonitor) Pope Benedict’s Spain arrival sparks violent protests (+VIDEO)
    Spanish protesters demonstrated against the cost of hosting Pope Benedict XVI for a Catholic youth festival during a deepening economic crisis.

    The pope’s visit will cost an estimated 50 million euros ($72 million), according to organizers, and involves closing off much of downtown Madrid. Private companies will contribute a large portion of the money for the event, but Spain will also have to cover many of the expenses. An exact breakdown of the overall economic effect is still unknown.

    “It’s absurd how much has been spent. I get my salary cut and the government’s spends a fortune in this,” says Maia, a nurse who didn’t want to give her last name when asked about the antipapal protests she didn’t participate in. “It’s fine that the Pope comes, but not if we pay for it.”


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