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Southern Italy welcomes Pope Francis to Alessano, Molfetta

Pope Francis visits Alessano and Molfetta on April 20 to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Bishop Tonino Bello, known for his pastoral outreach and works of peace. Pope Francis makes a brief trip to southern Italy on Friday to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of a popular Italian bishop known for his pastoral zeal and works of peace. The Pope flies to the towns of Alessano and Molfetta associated with Bishop Tonino (Antonio) Bello of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, whose cause for beatification was opened in 2007. The Pope left from Rome's Ciampino Airport to the Galatina military airport, on the heel of Italy, from where he boarded a helicopter to Alessano, the town where Bishop Tonino was born and later buried. Pope Francis visited the tomb of the bishop and met some of his relatives. After addressing the faithful of Alessano, Pope Francis flies north to the port town of Molfetta, where Bello was bishop and where he died. He says Mass in the cathedral and then heads back to Rome. Source