Pope's Sardinia trip 'to draw 80,000 pilgrims'

'All eyes on Cagliari' says mayor

Pope's Sardinia trip 'to draw 80,000 pilgrims'

Cagliari, September 16 - Some 80,000 pilgrims are expected to attend the arrival of Pope Francis in Sardinia on Sunday, authorities said Monday. Francis is scheduled to arrive early on September 22 in Cagliari, where he will then visit the shrine at the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria (Madonna di Bonaria), which indirectly gave the pope's hometown - Buenos Aires - its name. Roughly 1,000 police officers will be on duty for crowd management. The city is providing 90 buses to move pilgrims around the airport, and three special trains have been assigned to pilgrims. "Cagliari is about to attract the attention of the whole world," said Mayor Massimo Zedda. "The city is involved in every sector in order to prepare the best welcome for the holy father and the faithful. We ask everyone to please understand the traffic delays".

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