Benedict XVI to Visit Tomb of St. Augustine

Will Travel to Vigevano and Pavia in April

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2007 (Zenit.org).- This spring Benedict XVI will visit the tomb of one of his greatest teachers, St. Augustine of Hippo.

The Vatican announced Thursday that the Holy Father will travel to Vigevano and Pavia, Italy, on April 21-22.

The Diocese of Pavia reported that the Pope will land by helicopter in the stadium of the small city of Vigevano around 4:45 p.m. on April 21.

He will travel across the city in the “popemobile” to the archbishop’s palace.

Scheduled at 5:30 p.m. is a Eucharistic celebration in the Ducal Square, with a capacity for about 5,000 people. A large screen will be set up in the adjacent square for the overflow.

At the end of the Mass, the Pontiff will visit the Cathedral of St. Ambrose, where he will meet volunteer workers and handicapped people.

Around 8 p.m. the Pope will travel by helicopter to Pavia.

On April 22, he will visit patients in St. Matthew’s Hospital in the diocese.

That morning he will celebrate Mass and, in the afternoon, will meet with university students and professors.

After the meeting, Benedict XVI will pray in the Church of St. Peter before the tomb of St. Augustine, who died in 430. The Pope will return to Rome that night.

St. Augustine was the topic of the Holy Father’s doctoral thesis: “People and House of God in St. Augustine’s Doctrine of the Church.”

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