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Pope Prays at Santa Maria Maggiore Before Departing for Chile

Francis Travels to Rome’s Marian Basilica to Pray for Mary’s Protection for His 22nd Apostolic Visit Abroad

Saturday evening, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to pray for the success of his 22nd Apostolic Visit abroad to the South American countries of Chile and Peru, Jan. 15-22, 2018, reported Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on his Twitter.

The Holy Father almost always visits Rome’s Marian Basilica to pray for Mary’s protection and intercession before and after his papal trips.

According to the Holy See Press Office, the Pope prayed before the ancient image of Mary, Salus Populi Romani, and invoked the Virgin Mary’s protection on his travels and upon the people he will visit in the countries in the week ahead.

 

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done commentary for various media, including television and Vatican Radio. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with Salt & Light, EWTN, and NBC Universal. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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