.- The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, reflected this week on the life of âgenius architect and exemplary Christianâ Antonio Gaudi, who designed the Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona. The church will be dedicated by Pope Benedict XVI in November.
Regarding the consecration of the church, set for November 7, the cardinal noted that it would be âan act of remembrance of the Christian artist who conceived it. On that day we will see the churchâs interior finished, but above all we will see it full of Christians celebrating the Eucharist at which the Pope will preside.â
The Holy Father will also designate the church as a basilica.
Referring to Gaudi, Cardinal Martinez Sistach said, âHe was an architect of God and understood his profession to be his mission. He felt the urgency to bring the Gospel and the presence of God through his work to the people. For this reason it was his custom to crown his projects with the Sign of the Cross.â
Gaudi also âwanted all of his architectural works to bring those who contemplated them closer to God,â continued the prelate.
For this reason, the cardinal said, âThe dedication of the Church of the Holy Family will be an endearing remembrance of the architect, who was an example of simplicity and humility, a true example of the Franciscan spirit of love for poverty, of appreciation for the expiatory sacrifice for oneâs own sins and of the admiration of nature.â