Benedict XVI will become the third Pope to visit Sardinia when he arrives on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria


The program of the one-day visit papal visit to Cagliari, Sardinia includes a meeting with young people in the capital’s Yenne square.

The principal event will be a Mass in the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, marking the conclusion of the centenary of the proclamation of the Virgin of Bonaria as patroness of Sardinia. The Holy Father will also pray the midday Angelus at the shrine.

Subsequently, he will go to the regional seminary, where he will dine with Sardinian bishops. In the afternoon, before his meeting with young people, Benedict XVI will visit Cagliari’s cathedral, where he will be awaited by seminarians and professors of the island’s Pontifical Faculty of Theology.

After his meeting with young people, the Pontiff will return by plane to Rome.

This will be Benedict XVI’s first trip to Sardinia, and the third time a Pope visits the island. Pope Paul VI visited Sardinia in 1970, and Pope John Paul II in 1985.

VATICAN CITY, AUG. 27, 2008 (