Catalan to have a substantial presence in the Pope's trip to Barcelona (read article in Castilian here, La Vangaurdia). The ceremony will be trilingual and is expected to be followed by millions of viewers. The Catalan language is to be used for not only a friendly greeting after the Ángelus oration but also there will be specially selected fragments of the homily and will be woven in with Castilian and Latin. After the psalms of entry into the temple and after hearing the greeting and welcome from the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, there will follow a brief explanation by the architect Jordi Bonet. The first words of the Pope will be in Catalan - "En el nom del Pare i del Fill i de l'Esperit Sant (...) Que la gràcia i la pau siguin amb tots vosaltres en la santa Esglèsia de Déu". The details of the ceremony were released yesterday by the Vatican's website. Other readings in Catalan include two pre-Gospel readings, (excerpts from the book of Nehemiah and the first letter from Paul to the Corinthians after that the service will change into Castilian for the Gospel passage in which Luke describes Jesus' entry into Jericho. The Pope's address to the faithful will be in Catalan. The linguistics will be different in the ceremonies in Santiago de Compostela, on Saturday 6th November where the Pope will using Castilian and Latin although the missal will include passages in Galician.
Barcelona is to join forces with Google in a bid to boost the use of public transport (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The search engine will be added next year in order to give information about Bicing, Rodalies and to give the state the traffic. Transit planning applications for metro, bus and tram routes and to provide schedules and waiting times. Google Transit already functions in about 20 countries after first launching in Portland USA. Using as a base, maps from Google Maps, the California-based country reached agreements with local transport operators. Assumpta Escarp, acting President of TMB said yesterday, "Google Transit will be a very valuable application for both the local user and the 2.5 million travellers that move around the town with only a map from the hotel. The only problem for foreigners will be that the use of the internet when in a foreign country results in large bills but this will be resolved when there will be WiFi access everywhere. As well as public transport benefits, the application will provide information, from the first quarter of 2011 on the traffic conditions in the city, which is now only available on the municipal website but doesn't provide the precision that Google maps make available.
The PP, CiU and ERC go looking for the Catalan vote abroad (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Yesterday two meetings in Paris took place, Jordi Cornet from the PP and Felip Puig from Convergència whilst in London, a rally took place with Anna Simó from the Esquerra Republicana. The number of Catalans living abroad number around 133,806 according to the Censo de Electores Residentes Ausentes (CERA) and around 25,000 of these are potential new voters. In recent elections the figure of votes from abroad was a much as 21.8 percent and if this was to be repeated that would be around 30,000 ballots. The largest colonies are in France (18,000), Argentina (15,000) and Andorra (12,000) but Catalan migration has also grown in include places like Istanbul, Sao Paulo and Salvador de Bahia, Shanghai, Abu Dabi and Hong Kong. International Relations Secretary of the CDC party, Carles Llorens said "We aspire to govern Catalunya and if we do, internationalisation is very important." ERC's investment is smaller but no less significant, Joan Puigcercós visited Catalans in Argentina and Uruguay this summer. In the case of the Partit dels Socialist, the campaign to attract voters abroad, includes "a couple of strong events in Europe", one of them in Andorra, according to Jaume Collboni, the campaign manager.