Pope blesses Sagrada Familia amid gay protest

Pope Benedict has conferred the elevated status of basilica to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family church. (AFP: Lluis Gene)

Pope Benedict has visited Barcelona to consecrate architect Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. The greatest work of the Spanish architect has been under construction for more than a century and will not be finished before 2026.

The Pope consecrated the Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family church, and its current architect hopes the blessing will provide the boost needed to finish the church.