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Pope Francis to Visit Italian Cities of Cesena and Bologna

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Pope Francis to Visit Italian Cities of Cesena and Bologna

Pope Francis will visit the northern Italian cities of Cesena and Bologna on Oct.1, 2017, welcoming the invitation of the respective diocesan bishops, Bishop of Cesena-Sarsina, Msgr. Regattieri Douglas, and Archbishop of Bologna, Msgr. Matteo Maria Zuppi.

Announcing the visit, the Vatican press office stressed that the visit to Cesena will coincide with the 300-year anniversary of the birth there of Pope Pius VI, and that the visit to Bologna will take place during the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress.

Here is the Vatican-provided program of the visit:

Program – Sunday, October 1


– Arrival at the Hippodrome helicopter Cesena
– Meeting with the citizens in Piazza del Popolo
– Meeting with the clergy, young people and families, in the Cathedral
– Departure by helicopter from the Hippodrome of Cesena


– Arrival in Bologna
– Visit to the ‘regional hub’ on Via Mattei
– Meeting with young people landed on Italian shores
– Recitation of the Angelus in Piazza Grande, with the participation of the ‘world of work’
– Lunch with the poor in the Basilica of San Petronio
– Meeting with the Clergy in the Cathedral
– Meeting with the academic world, in the Basilica of San Domenico
– Celebration of the Mass – Homily
– Departure by helicopter from Bologna and return to the Vatican.


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