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National Pilgrimage


I have read that following the Spanish Civil War, the church promoted a national pilgrimage to Compostela as a way of reunifying the spanish people. This pilgrimage was postponed by WWII and finally took place in 1949. Does anybody have information on this? And does it relate to the Caminos?
there was a major pilgrimage of thousands of young people along the Camino Frances in 1948, run by the youth wing of Acción Católica - is that the one you're referring to?

1949 was when Fernando Quiroga Palacios was appointed archbishop (later cardinal) - a keen promoter of pilgrimage to Santiago. Santiago played an important role in the Franco regime's nacionalcatolicismo, for example reviving the Ofrenda Nacional in the cathedral.


Hi papajohn, following is an e-mail I just got from a Spanish friend. Let me know if u need translation.

Sigo dándole vueltas al asunto.

En 1948 hubo una gran peregrinación (concentración en Compostela) de
las Juventudes de Acción Católica, tuvo cierto caracter internacional
y fue pospuesta hasta entonces por la segunda guerra Mundial.

Pero hay un detalle, generalizando la España Republicana era
anticlerical por esencia, había depuesto a Santiago como patrón, al
principio del Alzamiento Nacional Franco restableció el culto al
Apóstol e incluso lo hizo matarojos. Es muy raro una reconciliación
por medio de la religión entre las dos Españas.

xm 8)


Fue una peregrinación de concentración en Compostela aunque algunos hicieran tramos finales del Camino andando. Creo que el SEU, sindicato Universitario Español, si fue peregrinando desde Roncesvalles para unirse al acontecimiento.

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