Pastoral visit of the Holy Father Francis to the diocese of Bologna, 1 October 2017

The Holy Father Francis, accepting the invitation from His Excellency Msgr. Douglas Regattieri, bishop of Cesena-Sarsina, will visit Cesena to commemorate the third centenary of the birth of Pope Pius VI.

In addition, in response to the invitation of His Excellency Msgr. Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, on the occasion of the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, the Holy Father will pay a pastoral visit to the diocese of Bologna.

Programme - Sunday, 1st October

Arrival by helicopter at the Hippodrome of Cesena

  Encounter with citizens in Piazza del Popolo

  Encounter with the clergy, young people and families in the Cathedral

  Departure by helicopter from the Hippodrome of Cesena

  Arrival in Bologna

  Visit to the regional Hub of Via Mattei - Encounter with young people who have landed on Italian shores

  Angelus prayer in Piazza Grande

with the participation of representatives of the world of work


Lunch with the poor, in the Basilica of San Petronio

  Encounter with the clergy, in the Cathedral

  Encounter with representatives from the university sector, in the Basilica of San Domenico

  Celebration of Holy Mass


Departure by helicopter from Bologna and return to the Vatican