Pope Francis encouraged the family initiatives of the sanctuary of the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto after praying the Angelus on September 9, 2018, with some 15,000 pilgrims gather in St. Peter’s Square.
“Celebrated yesterday at Loreto, in the Pontifical Shrine of the Holy House, was the Nativity of Mary and the proposal of spirituality for families was launched: the House of Mary, House of every family,” the Pope said. “We entrust the Shrine’s initiative and all those that will take part in different capacities to the Holy Virgin.”
The Sanctuary of the “Holy House” of Loreto is one of the most important sanctuaries in the world. It overlooks the town of Loreto Hill which is located 30 km southwest of the city of Ancona. It houses the three walls of the semi-troglodyte house of Nazareth where, according to tradition, took place the Annunciation and where the Holy Family lived.