Spain's 82-year-old director Francisco Franco, still clinging to life after a series of heart attack this week, heard Mass with his family at his Pardo Palace near Madrid on Sunday (26 October).
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Background: Spain's 82-year-old director Francisco Franco, still clinging to life after a series of heart attack this week, heard Mass with his family at his Pardo Palace near Madrid on Sunday (26 October). Outside crowds waited for the latest bulletins on the General's condition and millions of Spaniards throughout the country prayed for him.
An announcement from the palace said his condition was unchanged. Although he was gravely ill he remained perfectly lucid and signs of cardiac insufficiency had eased.
For nearly forty years General Franco has ruled Spain - and although his successes and errors will be judged by history it cannot be doubted that he has devoted his whole life to Spain.
Informed sources said on Sunday that plans were already being drawn up for General Franco's funeral. They expected the General to be buried at the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid in a crypt-basilica carved out of a mountain. It was built by General Franco for those who died in the 1936-39 civil war.