On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 9:54 a.m. at the station in Codogno, the historic train dedicated to Pius X will stop at the station, which will travel from Milano Centrale to Mantua for a special celebration: the naming of the train station in the city of Gonzaga after the pontiff, the 257th bishop of Rome and pope of the Catholic Church from Aug. 4, 1903 until his death on Aug. 20, 1914. Beatified in 1951 by Pope Pius XII and proclaimed a saint by the same three years later. On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Pius X’s ascent to the papal throne, the work in favor of Italian emigrants he did during his pastoral mission in Mantua and during his pontificate will be celebrated.
The passage of the train to Codogno, organized by the Lombardy Region and the State Railways Foundation at the proposal of the Mantovani Association with the support of the Mantuan Church, will also be an opportunity to remember the figure of St. Frances Cabrini, who shared with Pius X the love and commitment the migrants . Precisely for this reason, when the convoy arrives at the station in Codogno, scheduled for 9:54 a.m. on Nov. 5, a delegation of Cabrini sisters will be waiting for it, for whom some seats have been reserved on board, to participate in the celebrations in Mantua in the presence of the city’s bishop. The delegation from Codogno is scheduled to return to the city at 6:38 p.m.
In charge of organizing the reception of the convoy at the station is Domenico Cesarano of the Free University of Basso Lodigiano, who promises a “festive” time. The participation of the band is not excluded.
Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano on July 15, 1850. After founding the congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Codogno in 1880, she in fact reached the United States in 1889 to provide assistance to Italian immigrants. A commitment that earned her the recognition of “Patroness of Emigrants” that was given to her in 1950. Her death occurred in 1917 in Chicago.