Everyone in Spain is grieving with the families of the 79 people killed here last week in a train accident, the archbishop of Santiago de Compostela said Monday during a Mass for those who perished in the July 24 crash.
"From the first moment we have had you in our hearts as we had them. (The northwestern region of) Galicia and Spain and so many people have carried you in (their) hearts," Monsignor Julian Barrio said, addressing the victims' loved ones.
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife; Princess Elena; Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Galician regional President Alberto Nuñez Feijoo headed the list of the numerous notables who attended the funeral.
The archbishop hailed the work of all those who did their utmost to attend to the victims as well as the "valiant" efforts of those who cooperated to alleviate the immense pain that followed the crash.
"Also our priests made themselves available. Signs of light in the mystery of death and pain. We're living in the certainty of the Word of God and Christ tells us: 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,'" Barrio said.
"With this certainty I would like, dear families, to wipe away your tears and alleviate your pain," he said.
Hundreds of faithful followed the Mass inside the cathedral and also by means of a huge screen set up in the Plaza de la Quintana on the stage that had initially been erected to celebrate the festival of St. James, which was cancelled due to the tragedy. EFE