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THE PRESIDENT OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS OF THE HOT SPRINGS PARTICIPATES IN THE II INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS MOZARABIC WAY OF SAINT JAMES, IN MERIDA

The specialist Mayte Suárez Santos was honored in the 1stEdition of International Short Story Award "Vieiragrino" by a study of Medicine in the Way of Saint James, published by the Valencian Association of Friends The Way of Saint James.

José Ángel Benítez presidente del Ceder-La SerenaThe President of the Spanish Association of Friends of the Hot Springs and editor Mayte Suárez Santos attended the Merida II International Congress Mozarabic of the Way of Saint James that seeks to spread the values ​​of this route, sensitizing government for adequate protection and promotion, promote its values investigation ​​and bring closer the general population to one of the most important Cultural Routes of the Iberian Peninsula.

Experts of The Way of Saint James , investigators and the presence of the Andalusian Federation of Friends The Way of Saint James. More than two hundred participants gathered in this important Congress in order to enhance and promote this route as a European Cultural Route.

The headquarters of the Parliament of Extremadura in Mérida (Badajoz), hosted on 4 and 5 October this second edition of the International Congress " Mozarabic of the Way of Saint James where the main topics were discussed: cultural and natural values, and itineraries way "as an element of European identity".

COOPERATION PROJECT
The President of the Ceder "La Serena" José Ángel Benítez Nogales, said that in this Congress have been "completed" its objectives, mainly thanks to the work of the various technics of the local groups of action and historians who have participated free in its development.

In this regard, he recalled that in order to enhance and promote this route, where each year more than 1,000 pilgrims enroll, it launched in 2010 a project of Interregional Cooperation between 14 groups of Local Action of Andalusia and Extremadura.

José Ángel Benítez Nogales explained that over the years has developed a research and signaling pathways. In this regard, the president of Ceder 'La Serena' stressed that all the work done to "add value" to the Mozarabic Way will end on November 2015."

The Director General of Tourism Government of Extremadura, Elisa Cruz Parejo, showed that the Mozarabic of the Way of Saint James has the "right ingredients" to be a "attractive " tourist product for the visiting. In addition, the value of its "historical" origin, as communication path of Christians living in the Arab kingdoms to connect with the Via de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela, which make this journey in one of the oldest road routes.

Elisa Cruz was speaking at the opening of the Second International Congress Mozarabic Way of Saint James in Merida, which was also attended by the chairman of the Ceder La Serena, José Ángel Benítez Nogales, and the deputy director general of the modernization of farms, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), María Dolores Chiquero, among other authorities.

Autoridades en la sesión inaugural del Congreso // Mesa redonda sobre la identidad europeaACTIVITIES OF CONGRESS
The opening session of Congress entitled 'Pilgrimage to Saint James by Mozarabic Way', was given by the priest and writer Jesús Sánchez Adaliz, and among others highlight the conference on 'The landscape and nature of the way' given by the Director of the Aula de la Naturaleza 'Nicolay Masyuk', José Manuel Recio Espejo.
In the second session were , among others, a paper entitled ' Cultural tours, pilgrimages and Rural Development ' , by Professor Eduardo Alvarado of Extremadura University.

"The Way of the Saint James as an element of European identity " was the theme of the Roundtable moderated by , Ms . M ª. Angeles Fernández Fernández , President of the Spanish Federation of Friends The Way of Saint James. Intervened Eligio Quintás Rivas , Dr. D. José Antonio Falcao , Director do Department of Historical Heritage and Artistic de Diocese of Beja, José Antonio Quintás Vázquez , a founding member of the Association of Friends of the Via da Prata - Camiño Mozárabe and Manuel Rodríguez Fernández responsible Jacobean Associations and Research .

Finally , the closing conference , ' Mozarabic Way of the Saint James: History , Present and Future ' , was given by the president of the Association of Friends of Mozarabic Way of Cordoba , Isidro Rodriguez.

In addition to the presentations and communications, during the days of the Congress a series of parallel activities such as guided tours in Mérida and a concert of Mozarabic Music in the Gregorian Chapel , which celebrates its 10th anniversary were scheduled . It is the recreation of the Mass according to the Hispano- Visigoth Rite ( also Catholic rite ) of the Solemnity of St. Eulalia of Merida.

Likewise the Noble Patio of Extremadura Parliament hosted a Jacobean exhibition " On the Way " from 4 to 20 October , made with asiggned funds of public company ' “Jacobeo “ and consists of 50 photographs collection of photographic works of Silvia Steinbach. The sample includes a facsimile of the Codex Calixtino , collection of various writings of the first half of the twelfth century with sermons , masses, songs and signs in honor of St. James.

premio-relatos -cortor -VMEDICINE IN THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES
During the Congress , the specialist Mayte Suarez was interested in the work being done by the Centre for Rural Development -La Serena and had an interview with its president José Angel Benitez Nogales on the project to upgrade the Mozarabic Way in Extremadura.

Recall that under the title of "The Medicine in The Way of Saint James . Health by the grace of God," the editor and President of the Spanish Association of Friends of the Hot Springs, Mayte Suárez Santos, was honored for his essay on the First Award International "Vieiragrino" awarded by the Valencian Association of Friends of the Way of Saint James. The award was presented by the president of the Association M ª Ángeles Fernández and currently also president of the Spanish Federation of Friends of The Way of Saint James.

The author, Mayte Suárez Santos, specializing in Thermal Medicine , says that since ancient times , water from hot springs has always had an essential value in human life . Thus, according to experts, in the Middle Ages, pilgrims to Santiago sought primarily the health of the soul , but certainly many of them find time to approach the salutary sources that exist along the Way.

With reference to the Pilgrim´s Guide to Santiago de Compostela the French monk Aymeric Picaud French , written around the year 1140 and included in the book V of Calixtinus Codex , considered the world's first tourist guide Guide.

Speaking to Termas World Agency, Mayte Suárez said that before and now, " the pilgrims attesting have walked The Way of Saint James , received the " “Compostelana” and were welcomed in hospitals and shelters on the route, especially in the Royal Hospital of Compostela , where at least during three days , receiving all kinds of attention , including food and clothing , when his restoration of one of the diseases acquired during the journey did not need " the author points out .

The first edition of the International Award "Vieiragrino" coincided with the tenth anniversary of the Valencian Association of Friends of The Way of Saint James. For this reason a book that picked up the winning stories was published: "The Legend of Pilgrim of the Pumpkin Gold", "Medicine in The Way of Saint James , healty by the grace of God" and "Nuño, dreamer of Roads ". (Photo Photos Termas World).

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The President José Angel Benitez CEDER-La Serena with editor Mayte Suarez Santos, President of the Spanish Association of Friends of the Hot Springs, at headquarters of the Parliament of Extremadura
The President José Angel Benitez CEDER-La Serena with editor Mayte Suarez Santos, President
of the Spanish Association of Friends of the Hot Springs, at headquarters of the Parliament of Extremadura.

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