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Pope's visit to Sardinia to focus on jobs, young people


(By Christopher Livesay)

Cagliari, September 10 - Youth and labour will be
key issues for Pope Francis when he travels to Sardinia later
this month, but he will also meet with the poor, a Church
official said Tuesday.
Francis is scheduled to arrive early morning on September
22 in Cagliari where he will meet with low-income residents,
prison representatives and local officials, said Archbishop
Arrigo Miglio.
The pope will also be met by Italian Justice Minister Anna
Maria Cancellieri before heading to the shrine at the Basilica
of Our Lady of Bonaria in the Sardinian capital Cagliari to
celebrate Mass.
The visit to the shrine, venerated by mariners for almost
700 years, is a highlight of the trip.
Francis's predecessor Benedict XVI visited the Nostra
Signora di Bonaria (Our Lady of Fair Winds) shrine 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
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, Spanish conquistador Pedro de
Mendoza, dubbed the city Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires (Holy
Mary of the Fair Winds) in 1536.
Local clergy are using the pope's visit to build relations
with Argentina through such efforts as offering collections for
the country's poor.
"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," according to
Monsignor Arrigo Miglio, the archbishop of Cagliari.
According to local reports, as many as 100,000 communion
hosts have been prepared for the pope's Mass which will be
followed by a meeting between Francis and local bishops and
Francis is also expected to meet with detainees and social
workers involved with troubled youth, in addition to predicted
mingling with random believers, which has become a hallmark of
his papacy and helped make him one of the most beloved pontiffs
in recent history.
According to the archbishop of Cagliari, shops in Sardinia
are already fighting over the privilege to give him local
products as gifts.

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