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Anglican Centre proposed for Santiago de Compostela

The new centre will be at the end of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) (AP)

The building of a new Anglican Centre has been proposed at the popular pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela.

The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, part of the Anglican Communion, has recommended building the new centre at the end of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James). The project is expected to cost in the region of £3.8 million.

Rev Spencer Reece, national secretary for the Anglican Bishop of Spain, told Anglican News: “Spain being one of the most Catholic countries on earth, there has never been a place for Protestant pilgrims to receive the Eucharist when they finish the Camino.”

Considered by many to be the third holiest pilgrimage site – after Jerusalem and Rome – Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain is believed to be the burial site of the disciple St James.

Over a quarter of a million pilgrims from all Christian backgrounds complete at least part of the 500-mile pilgrimage route across France and Spain every year, according to the local tourism office.