Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope to visit Sardinia shrine Buenos Aires named after

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Vatican City, May 15 - Pope Francis is to visit a
shrine in Sardinia that gave his hometown Buenos Aires its name,
the pontiff told Sardinian pilgrims at his general audience
Wednesday.
The visit to the shrine, venerated by mariners for almost
700 years, will probably be in September, the Vatican said.
Francis's predecessor Benedict XVI visited the Nostra
Signora di Bonaria (Our Lady of Fair Winds) shrine in the
Sardinian capital Cagliari in 2008.
Cagliari was conquered by the Aragonese kings from Spain in
1324 who set up their headquarters on a hill they called Buen
Ayre (Bonaria) because it did not get the foul-smelling air from
swamps outside the city.
During the siege of Cagliari, the Aragonese built a
sanctuary to the Virgin Mary on top of the hill.
A statue of Mary was later claimed to have been found in the
sea after it miraculously helped to calm a storm, saving
sailors.
Spanish sailors, especially Andalusians, venerated this
image and frequently invoked the Fair Winds to aid them in their
navigation and prevent shipwrecks. A sanctuary to the Virgin of
Buen Ayre was later erected in Seville.
The founder of Buenos Aires, Spanish conquistador Pedro de
Mendoza, dubbed the city Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires (Holy
Mary of the Fair Winds) in 1536.

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