On November 13, 2010, the feast of St. Frances Cabrini, Cardinal secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone presided at a ceremony to re-name the city’s central railroad station after the patron of immigrants. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and Sr. Patricia Spillane, superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, were present.
A front page article in the November 13 edition of L’Osservatore Romano entitled “A Courageous Woman,” stated that “stations and airports – where people pass who are far from home, often alone and therefore especially fragile and exposed to dangers – are difficult places, and above all, are points of arrival and departure for migratory groups.” Thus, said the Vatican paper, “naming this station after St Frances Cabrini,.. the patron of migrants, is a very significant event.”
The article noted that Francesca Cabrini, born near Milan, departed often from this station, sometimes to go to Rome to see Pope Leo XIII to ask permission to found the new missionary order, and once to go to Le Havre, from where she would depart via ship for America.
Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director