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The Pope in Calabria and Molise

· 21 June and 5 July ·

 The destinations of Pope Francis' next two pastoral visits in Italy will be Cassano all'Jonio on 21 June, and Campobasso and Isernia on 5 July.

The Holy See announced today, 5 April, that the Pontiff has accepted an invitation to visit Calabria and Molise during the months of June and July. Both of these visits will take place on Saturdays. Thus, it confirmed the previous announcement from Bishop Nuncio Galantino of Cassano all'Jonio, secretary general of the Italian Episcopal Conference, that the Holy Father had stated his intention to visit the Nuncio's diocese.

The archdiocese of Campobasso-Boiano, which the Holy Father will also visit, is headed by archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini. The prelate, known for his commitment against organized crime, was recently appointed by Pope Bergoglio to write the meditations for Good Friday's traditional Via Crucis, which will take place at the Colosseum in the evening of 18 April.

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