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The Pope in Turin on 21-22 June

When the Pope visits Turin on 21-22 June, for the occasion of the exhibition of the Holy Shroud (19 April-24 June), his main focus will be the suffering and young people. In addition his visit will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco. The schedule for the Holy Father's visit was announced by the city's prelate, Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia, who held a press conference in the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday, 25 March.

Archbishop Nosiglia explained that Pope Francis will arrive at the Caselle airport at 8 am and go directly to Piazzetta Reale, where he will meet with workers, “who are experiencing great crisis”, according to the Archbishop. Francis will listen to interventions by a female labourer, a farmer and a business man.

The Holy Father will then enter the Cathedral, pausing at the altar of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and pray in front of the Holy Shroud. The cardinals and bishops of the episcopal conferences of Piedmont and Val D'Aosta will be present in the Cathedral.

The main event of the morning will be the Mass celebrated in Piazza Vittorio, where the Pope will meet the entire diocesan community. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, Francis will have lunch with those marginalized in society. The afternoon begin with a prayer at the Marian Shrine of the Consolata.

Among Italians, Don Bosco is synonmous with the city of Turin. On the bicentenary of the birth of the saint, the Pope will meet the family of Salesians in the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice, in Valdocco where, as Archbishop Nosiglia noted, Don Bosco began his journey.

Later the Pope will meet and dialogue with the children of the Salesian oratories. After he will then bring his word to the sick and the suffering of Cottolengo, which is the Archbishop of Turin defined as “a city in the city”.

The Pope will again meet with children for a kind of “mini WYD” in Piazza Vittorio. In addition to the young people from Turin, the youth of all over Italy have been invited to participate.

The next day will be dedicated to meeting the Waldensian community. In the morning the Holy Father will visit the temple and then the archbishopric. There he will privately meet and have lunch with several of his relatives because, as is known, the Pope's family was originally from Piedmont.

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