Vatican City, Oct 17, 2016 / 01:37 am
Shortly after their bishop was named the new president of the Council of Catholic Episcopal Conferences in Europe, the Archdiocese of Genoa announced that Pope Francis will make a daytrip to the city this coming spring.
According to an Oct. 16 communique posted on the Archdiocese of Genoa's website, their archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, made the announcement of the Pope's visit "with great joy" after celebrating Mass in the city's cathedral.
He had told churchgoers that the archdiocese would be starting a new pastoral year in which special emphasis would be placed on the liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration, prayer within the family, youth and education.
In the context of this special pastoral year, the Pope's visit is "a grace which Genoa awaits" with joy, the communique read, explaining that the diocese is preparing "in a spirit of communion and collaboration, to welcome Francis May 27."