Today, 25 July, is the feast of St James the Apostle, and when it falls on a Sunday, the Shrine of Compostela (where his relics are venerated) declares a Jubilee Year.
2010 is just such a year of grace, and so the pope said: "It is a special opportunity for believers to reflect on their genuine vocation to holiness of life, to be imbued with the word of God that enlightens and challenges them and to recognize Christ who comes to meet them, accompanies them in the vicissitudes of their journey in the world and gives himself to them personally, especially in the Eucharist. However, even those who have no faith or who perhaps have let it wither, will have a special opportunity to receive the gift given by "him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life" (Lumen Gentium, n. 16)".
May Santiago, patron of Spain, pray for the people of that great nation, and may he ever defend the Christian faithful from evil and danger.
This statue of St James the Greater is found in Burgos Cathedral.