Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Sardinian shops 'fighting over giving gifts to the pope'


Cagliari, August 12 - Shops in Sardinia are
fighting over the privilege to give local products as gifts to
Pope Francis on his visit to the island next month, the
archbishop of Cagliari said Monday.
Monsignor Arrigo Miglio was speaking at the presentation of
offerings made to Catholic charity group Caritas by residents in
the region honoring the Argentine pontiff's pilgrimage September
22 to the Nostra Signora di Bonaria (Our Lady of Fair Winds)
shrine in the Cagliari basilica.
"We would like that day to be used to strengthen the ties
between Cagliari and Buenos Aires, perhaps gathering offerings
for the outskirts of the Argentine capital," said Miglio.
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.
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
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
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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