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‘Many of us feel intense pain, as if a dagger had been thrust into our guts,’ said Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia

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They suggested that the Archbishop of Barcelona and the Abbot of Montserrat could chair talks with Spain

However, Catalan bishops defended the vote and criticised the actions of Spanish police

Violent clashes broke out as Spain tried to stop a separatist referendum

Protests are becoming increasingly angry after Spain declared a forthcoming independence vote illegal

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways