The president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has affirmed this Friday that he has had the “honor” of being president of Galicia and of having the apostle of Santiago as a “permanent advisor” during this stage. In this work, according to his words, the apostle “never” has “failed” him. He has said it in an act to support the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, at the opening of the political course of the PP in Madrid.
It is not the first time that the popular leader refers to the apostle. Five years ago, in 2017, the then president of the Xunta begged him for the unity of Spain in the name of the king. The economic crisis or sexist violence were other of the “problems, conflicts and hopelessness” for which Feijóo said “continue counting on the intercession of the Apostle” during his intervention in that offering in the Compostela cathedral.
The PP has a long tradition of resorting to religious figures in different situations. Jorge Fernández Díaz declared in an interview for La Vanguardia in 2015 that he has a guardian angel, named Marcelo, who he pulls above all else to help him park his car. The former minister awarded the Silver Cross of the Civil Guard to the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows of Archidona (Málaga), in principle with an honor given to those who have shown “collaboration” with the body.
In 2012, the then Minister of Employment and Social Security, Fátima Báñez, thanked the Virgen del Rocío for her help in getting out of the crisis. Of recognized fervor for everything that has to do with El Rocío, he affirmed during a visit to the Almonte Town Hall, on the occasion of the Marian Jubilee Year of the village: “He has given us a gift in our way out of the crisis and in the search for of the well-being every day of the citizens”. The former mayor of Madrid Ana Botella, while still in office, emulated Fátima Báñez and taking advantage of the Fiesta de la Paloma in the summer of 2014, she asked her for more work.
Also the now spokeswoman for the Popular Group in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, advocated in 2018 for eradicating violence against women in a speech at the celebration of the patron saint of Logroño, the Virgin of Hope, whom she asked for her protection and to make “good feelings, justice and equality prevail”.
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