Pope Visits Santa Maria Maggiore

Brought Mary Flowers in Europe’s Colors on Eve of Strasbourg Visit

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Pope Francis made his usual pre-apostolic trip visit to Santa Maria Maggiore on Monday evening, the eve of his visit to Strasbourg, France, where he today addressed the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

In a communique issued by the Vatican press office last night, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that at around 5:30 p.m. Monday night, the Holy Father visited Rome’s Marian basilica.

The Pope, the statement added, remained in silent prayer for about 30 minutes there, he prayed to Mary and brought her flowers in Europe’s colors of pink, yellow, and light blue.


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Background on the Pope’s visits to the Marian Basilica: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/august-5-snow-fell-on-rome

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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