Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
CAGLIARI

Sardinian governor to deliver gift to Buenos Aires police

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Cagliari, July 11 - The governor of Sardinia will
be in Buenos Aires on Friday to deliver a replica of the Madonna
di Bonaria (Madonna of Fair Winds) - Sardinia's patron saint -
in view of Pope Francis's September 22 visit to the Sardinian
capital Cagliari.
The pope is making a pilgrimage to the Nostra Signora di
Bonaria (Our Lady of Fair Winds) shrine in the Cagliari
basilica.
The Madonna di Bonaria gave the pope's hometown - Buenos
Aires - its name, the pontiff told Sardinian pilgrims at a
general audience in May, when he announced the visit.
Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci is taking a copy of the
statue to the Argentine capital's municipal police, who also
regard the religious figure as their protector.
The archbishop of Cagliari, Arrigo Miglio, invited the
governor, who is engaged in a series of meetings in Rio de
Janeiro and in Buenos Aires, to personally deliver the statue in
Friday's ceremony, which will also be attended by the governor
of Buenos Aires and the city's new archbishop, Monsignor Mario
Aurelio Poli.
''We are nearing the pope's visit to our land, which
represents a great message of faith and hope for a people, like
ours, who suffers but doesn't give up,'' said Cappellacci.
The pope is scheduled to visit Nostra Signora di Bonaria
(Our Lady of Fair Winds) basilica in Cagliari on September 22.
The shrine has been venerated by mariners for almost 700
years and has housed a religious order since the 1300s.
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 in South America, 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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