The Cathedral of Santiago is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Compostela. It is the seat of its Archbishop, and this is the reason for the name of the cathedral. It owes it singularity to the housing of the tomb of the Apostle Saint James, which as of the 9th century turned it into one of the most important sanctuaries of Christendom, receiving pilgrims from all over the world.
It is, above all, a house of prayer and the centre of sacramental life, which fosters the reconciliation with God through the sacrament of penitence and the growth of Christian life through the Eucharist. Its context is full of historical echoes and palpitations.
Don Julián Barrio Barrio has been Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela since 1996.
Don Jesús Fernández González has been Auxiliar Bishop of Santiago de Compostela since 2014.