Returning From Greece, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore

After Having Spent Time With and Praying for Refugees, Francis’ 1st Stop Upon Return to Rome Is to Pray Before Mary in Marian Basilica

Piazza Esquilino with Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Moments after landing in Rome’s Ciampino Airport Saturday afternoon, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his one-day Apostolic Trip to the Greek Island of Lesbos to meet with refugees.

Before returning to the Vatican, after landing safely at Rome’s Ciampino Airport, the Pope made his usual detour to go to the Marian Basilica, reported Vatican Radio.

The Holy Father 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, and left flowers for the Blessed Mother.

 

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