The acting president of the Xunta de Galicia , Alberto Núñez Feijóo, stated today that the values and emotions that make up the Way of St. James will continue to be strengthened through His Majesty Felipe VI and Vicente del Bosque.
During the ceremony in which Vicente del Bosque was presented with the title of Honorary Ambassador of the Way of St. James, Feijóo affirmed that the former national coach fulfils all the requirements to be an excellent ambassador. ‘This is someone who is committed to our society, who has been so much and who always acted with absolute discretion, independence and great honesty,’ he asserted, highlighting that the Spanish national football team also offers very specific values: ‘They teach us to win and to lose with dignity and good sportsmanship; they remind us that a team which is united is capable of being the best team in the world and that there are many ways to unite a country–and the Way of St. James also unites a diverse Spain.’
In his speech, the acting head of the Galician government underscored that the honorary ambassadors of the Camino do not represent a place, but rather the values that made it great. With good reason, as for centuries the different routes of the Way of St. James have enjoyed an extraordinary spiritual, cultural and social vitality which has made them a symbol of European fraternity and unity.
‘Serving as honorary ambassador is a responsibility,’ he stressed, highlighting that so far in 2016, almost 260,000 pilgrims have reached Santiago.