Spanish Catholics will enjoy increased influence in the Vatican thanks to a successful trip to Spain by the Pope (read article in Castilian here, EL Periodico). The success of Pope Benedicto XVI 's visit last week will cause an increased presence in the college of cardinals, something that will be expected to happen in the next few months. As it stands only the diocese of Madrid and Barcelona, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela and Luis Martinez Sistach respectively and the chairman of the ministry of of the Culto Divino, Antonio Cañozares can cast their vote on matters such as on the replacement of the current Pope. They will now be joined by Carlos Amigo, the ex-archdiocese of Seville. Having resolved the financial reform of the Spanish church to the satisfaction of their interests, one of the issues that the Spanish bishops consider urgent to address is reviewing the status of religion in classes in public schools.
The public prosecutor has requested that four police officers spend four years in jail after the death of a young boy in Terrassa (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). On the night of September 15th 2009, 26-year-old Jonathan Carrillo Cantudo died due to being struck in the head by an officer and dying later on due to poor health care. The prosecutor has requested that the officer who struck the fatal blow to get four years and penalties of between two to three years for the other policeman, two doctors and a nurse. The young man, who was under the influence of alcohol on the night in question started to "flap his arms violently" when approached by officers. One of the police gave him a strong slap to the face which caused him to fall back on to the ground, hitting his head. The police then called an ambulance but told the doctors that the boy was drunk and had fallen, hitting a tree. The doctor consequently diagnosed the boy's semi-conscious state as intoxication despite showing "contradictory symptoms". The doctor is now facing a sentence of two and a half years for reckless homicide. The medical examiner in charge of the investigation said that given the confused state of Carillo, more extensive neurological tests to detect possible bleeding should have been carried out. The boy's father, Francisco Carrillo has been dedicated to seeking justice following a year and a half investigation.
The president of the Festa Major de Gràcia Foundation has raised the possibility of changing the rules of the street decorations, making the streets more passable so that they suffer less damage by the numbers of people passing through (read article in Castilian here, La Vangaurdia). Speaking about the success of the 2011 Festa Major, both Ricard Estruch and district councillor Maite Fandos, have been positive in their evaluation. Estruch highlighted the quality of the sets this year. The district council however spoke of the benefits to the increased cleanup operations and spoke also of the work of joint patrols of the Mossos and the Guardia Urbana, who worked together during the festivities. The police patrols placed special emphasis on illegal sales of alcohol, confiscating around 27,000 cans of beer. They also inspected 200 locals to check their license conditions. In the future Fandos have introduced five goals, to create better access to the decorated streets, continue recycling, continue protection of the sets and continue the work towards civility and increase the acts of support.