Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The only church in the Western world open 24 hours a day

Open 24/7; free Wi-Fi, charging of telephone, use of restroom, personal hygiene supplies, a sandwich and drink during meal time, and probably even soccer on TV.  Pets are welcome. No membership required. Welcome to what is described the coolest/hipster church, Iglesia de San Anton at Calle de Hortaleza, in the LGBT neighborhood of Chueca, Madrid.

Father Angel says it is the only church open 24 hours a day in the Western world. On some evenings, the church shows soccer games on the television screens that are normally used to broadcast Mass at the Vatican, Papal appearances and other religious shows. Food is served in the back pews. Visitors can consult with medical volunteers. At San Anton, confession can be made via iPad for the poor of hearing.

Fr. Angel Rodriguez, the head of Messengers of Peace, is considered an unconventional priest and known for his work for the poor. He blesses pets, cars, and while he cannot marry people of the same sex, he blesses them. He took over the Iglesia de San Anton two years ago and turned it into a community center where believers and non-believers are welcome. Described as an innovator and a non-profit entrepreneur, he is the man behind Robin Hood.
Robin Hood is a mini-chain of four restaurants that are open to the public for breakfast and lunch, but closed for dinner. Its novel business model is not to steal from the rich, but rather to use revenues made by serving breakfast and lunch to paying customers to fund the cost of free dinner for the destitute. They feed up to 100 people chosen by the Social Services every night.

Read more of this article by Mary Margret Que about this fantastic place.

Click here to visit the church's website. (In Spanish.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Newsvine Spain-related posts

Happy Kings' Day from Madrid / Feliz Día de los Reyes desde Madrid

Last night's Kings' Parade / La Calbalgata de los Reyes de anoche

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

Wow, I had not realized I'd been away from this blog for a whole year! Well, for a year in review, here are my 2016 Spain related posts on Newsvine:

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From Weird to Wonderful: Christmas Traditions Around the World

Spain: "The bizarre Catalonian tradition of caga tió" (or 'defecating guy' / 'defecating log' in English) "involves creating a character out of a small log which sits on the dining room table during the fortnight leading up to Christmas. It has to be fed every day wit …
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Spain: Nine months and counting without a government

On Jan. 2, 1492, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon occupied Granada, completing their conquest of Moorish Spain. Ever since, Spain has always had a government — and occasionally two, when Napoleon invaded in 1808, and during the 1936 to 1939 civil war that split …
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Why Is Spain's Economy Expanding So Robustly Without a Government?

Spain’s robust economic expansion is defying concerns that a political impasse, now in its ninth month with no end in sight, would tarnish one of Europe’s economic bright spots. But the pillars that have sustained Spain’s recovery from recession are showing s …
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Botched Restoration of Fresco in Spain Inspires Opera

Four years after a well-meaning widow in a Spanish town botched the restoration of a century-old fresco of Jesus crowned with thorns, the episode is being celebrated there with a comic opera performed by professional singers and a local choir. The image in the altered fresco,  …
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Chill out with these cold summer soups from Spain

Gazpacho seems to be the soup that most people associate with Spain. Indeed, it is very popular in the country, not only in the hot summer months, but throughout the year. However, it certainly isn't the only cold soup Spaniards love to dip into. For example, Spaniards love to g …
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How Brexit impacted Spain's election

With markets in free fall after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Spanish voters turned away from anti-establishment parties Sunday and endorsed the perceived safety and security of ruling conservatives.  Europe has been watching Spain to see how anger at the stat …
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Mother, daughter and policewoman pal found guilty of murdering local politician

On the afternoon of May 12, 2014 Isabel Carrasco's life ended when she was shot three times while crossing a footbridge over the Bernesga river in the city of León, Spain. Today the three women accused of plotting and carrying out the killing were

Thursday, December 31, 2015

'Why do Spaniards do their 'business' in the sea?' and 10 more news stories published in the El País English edition this year

My latest Newsvine posts:

Why do Spaniards do their 'business' in the sea? Top 10 Spain news stories read by English-speakers this year

Spain's most popular newspaper, El País, publishes a small English-language edition. Here are links to the the top ten stories of the English edition in 2015:

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day 2015 Photos Madrid Fotos del Día de Navidad 2015

I took these during a Christmas Day walk in Cuña Verde Park, one of the group of parks that encircle my neighborhood. Happy Holidays, Carlos

Tomé estas fotos el día de Navidad durante un paseo por el parque Cuña Verde, uno de los parques que rodean mi barrio. Felices fiestas, Carlos

Friday, December 25, 2015

Spain's Anger Management - opinion piece in New York Times

Is this the dawn of a new era in Spanish politics, as some suggest? Judging from the results of last Sunday’s election, we can safely say that the old era has, at least, been dealt a severe blow.

Read the rest of Miguel-Anxo Murado's excellent article here.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A little 16th century Spanish Christmas music

El Canto de las Vihuelas performs a 16th century traditional Spanish Christmas song called "Dadme albricias, hijos d' Eva" ("Bring Me Gifts, Children of Eve").

Below is a link to the YouTube page of the group, El Canto de las Vihuelas, who specialize in period music. They are Maria Sala (soprano), Paul Baleta (fiddle, viola and vihuela, an early form of the guitar), and Alejandro Baleta (vihuela, harp and Renaissance lute).


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Catalans say no to independence, but... / Spain picks Basque language film for Oscars / Felipe & Letizia vs William & Kate

My latest Spain related posts at Newsvine:

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Spain Chooses Basque-Language Fim 'Loreak' as Oscar Submission 
The Spanish Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences announced this morning that Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga's "Loreak" (Flowers) has been selected to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. This is the first-ever …

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 Majority in Catalonia voted 'no' to independence from Spain 
Catalonia, the north-eastern region in Spain, held a regional election on Sunday. Its legal purpose was to elect a regional assembly that should elect a new regional government. But the outgoing president and his political mates decided this would not be the real purpose of the …

36 Hours in Madrid, Spain

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Spanish man fined for calling police slackers on Facebook; King and Queen to visit St. Augustine, Florida for its 450 birthday

Excerpts from Newsvine seeds. Click on headline for more:

Spanish man fined for calling police 'slackers' on Facebook

The first known individual to fall foul of Spain’s controversial new “gag law” has spoken out against what he sees as the repression of free speech after he received a fine for describing his local police force as "slackers" on Facebook. Eduardo Diaz, a 27-ye …

10 Trivias About Spain (Video)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

San Fermin bull-run gore count; Hug, Kiss, Steal; Granada mayor tells teen girls 'nearly naked' looks best; One thing Left & Right agree on; More Spanish speakers in USA than Spain

Click here or on the individual links below for my latest Spanish stuff on Newsvine.

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Busted: Gang of thieves who hug and kiss victims

Spain's national police have broken up an organized band of thieves using hugs and kisses to distract victims.  Authorities have charged nine people in various cities across the country with using a technique called 'abracitos' ('little hugs') to commit robbery. The me …

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US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

The United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes. The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who ar …