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Spain: Protesters target churchgoers at Sunday Mass over cemetery dispute00:50

Spain: Protesters target churchgoers at Sunday Mass over cemetery dispute

Spain, Madrid
May 18, 2014 at 12:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Protesters target churchgoers at Sunday Mass over cemetery dispute

Around 300 protesters gathered in front of the Santa Catalina Laboure Church in Madrid, Sunday, trying to prevent members of the church to enter Sunday Mass in protest of the church's expansion project on the city's municipal land.

Residents surrounding the church in the Carabanchel district have rejected the project, which includes the construction of a crypt with 230 niches, a chapel, a garden, church halls and private parking, due to the contention of whether or not the land is still owned by the municipality of the capital. The protesting neighbours further said that the district does not need another cemetery, but rather needs "something for the neighbourhood" such as a public library, indoor pool or a senior home.

The church belongs to the Catholic denomination of the Neocatechumenal Way, a creed dedicated to the adult faith formation. It was founded by the Spanish artist Kiko Arguello in 1964 which gave rise to the colloquial name of its followers as 'kikos'.

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Spain: Protesters target churchgoers at Sunday Mass over cemetery dispute

Around 300 protesters gathered in front of the Santa Catalina Laboure Church in Madrid, Sunday, trying to prevent members of the church to enter Sunday Mass in protest of the church's expansion project on the city's municipal land.

Residents surrounding the church in the Carabanchel district have rejected the project, which includes the construction of a crypt with 230 niches, a chapel, a garden, church halls and private parking, due to the contention of whether or not the land is still owned by the municipality of the capital. The protesting neighbours further said that the district does not need another cemetery, but rather needs "something for the neighbourhood" such as a public library, indoor pool or a senior home.

The church belongs to the Catholic denomination of the Neocatechumenal Way, a creed dedicated to the adult faith formation. It was founded by the Spanish artist Kiko Arguello in 1964 which gave rise to the colloquial name of its followers as 'kikos'.