Pagani, January 23, 2017, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Diocese of Newark and a native of Detroit, paid a visit to the Basilica of St. Alphonsus in Pagani; the welcome given by both the local population and the religious and civil institutions of the place was extraordinary.
The historical religious event was noted by the presence of the bishop of the diocese Nocera Inferiore- Sarno, Mons. Giuseppe Giudice who warmly thanked Mons. Tobin, the Redemptorist bishop of the diocese of Teggiano-Policastro Mons. Antonio De Luca and the superior the Redemptorist community of San Alfonso, Fr. Luciano Panella.
The celebration also was graced by the presence the mayor of Pagani Salvatore Bottone and the president of the Province of Salerno Giuseppe Canfora who greeted the participants expressing great joy for such a significant event for the entire citizenry.
Before the start of the celebration, Fr. Luciano welcomed Cardinal Tobin and the eminent guests and participants followed by a visit to the chapel of St. Alphonsus. At the end of this solemn moment, the Eucharistic celebration began.
Archbishop Tobin pointed out in his homily his close link with the host city for years where the mortal remains of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, is venerated.