After having landed in Rome’s Ciampino Airport the evening of Sunday, June 2, 2019, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his three-day Apostolic Visit to Romania, May 31-June 2, 2019. ZENIT French journalist, Anne Kurian, was on the papal flight, covering the trip.
After the stop, Director ‘ad interim’ of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on his Twitter, made the following tweet: “On returning from his journey to #Romania, Pope Francis went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray. @HolySeePress.“
— Alessandro Gisotti (@AGisotti) June 2, 2019
It is already a usual detour for the Holy Father to go to the Marian Basilica; he always venerates the icon before and after his international apostolic trips.
During his time inside, Francis prayed before the ancient image of Mary, Salus Populi Romani, in silence for several minutes.