Gays in Spain stage `kiss-in` as pope drives by

Protesters said they were opposed to the pontiff`s two-day Spain visit.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 16:20 PM IST

Barcelona: About 200 people have staged a gay "kiss-in" as Pope Benedict XVI drove by to protest his visit to Spain and his policies on homosexuality, condom use and other issues.

About half the protesters kissed and the other half jeered as Benedict passed by Barcelona`s cathedral in his white popemobile on his way to celebrate Mass on Sunday morning.

Protesters said they were opposed to the pontiff`s two-day visit, during which he has criticised what he called an "aggressive" anti-church movement in Spain and called for Europe to rediscover its Christian roots.
Pope Benedict XVI has strongly defended traditional families and the rights of the unborn on his visit to Spain, directly attacking laws allowing gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions.

Benedict issued the criticism on Sunday as he dedicated Barcelona`s church of the Sagrada Familia, or sacred family, the city`s iconic yet unfinished monument to Christianity. It was the second time in as many days that Benedict had criticised the policies of Spain`s Socialist government and called for Europe to rediscover God.

Bureau Report