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‘Many of us feel intense pain, as if a dagger had been thrust into our guts,’ said Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia

They suggested that the Archbishop of Barcelona and the Abbot of Montserrat could chair talks with Spain

However, Catalan bishops defended the vote and criticised the actions of Spanish police

Violent clashes broke out as Spain tried to stop a separatist referendum

Protests are becoming increasingly angry after Spain declared a forthcoming independence vote illegal

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The Islamists planned to target Gaudí’s iconic Basilica of the Holy Family

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At least 12 people have died and hundreds injured in a van attack on the city’s Las Ramblas district

A gay rights group tried to prosecute the archbishop for hate speech