The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will visit Cesena, the birthplace of Pope Pius VI (1717-1799), on October 1 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his birth.
Cesena, now of city of 97,000, is located in the north-central
Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Pius VI, who reigned from 1775 to
1799, was taken prisoner by Napoleon’s troops and died in France.
Later on October 1, the Pope will travel from Cesena to Bologna for
an archdiocesan Eucharistic congress.
In Bologna, he will celebrate
Mass, lead the recitation of the Angelus, eat with the poor, and address
youth, priests, and university representatives.