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I don't think it is actually hanging at that line. If there is anything wrong with Spring it throws an exception, but you are not seeing the exception in your console. So I am going to guess it is in the Tomcat log file. Go to your TOmcat directory and find the log file and open it up and look for your exception stack trace, then post it here.
My guess is that it couldn't find the properties file.