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Returning From Japan & Thailand, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore

After His 32nd Apostolic Visit Abroad, Francis Prays Before Mary in Marian Basilica (Zenit Was on Papal Flight)

After having landed in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport the evening of Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his seven-day Apostolic Visit to Japan and Thailand, Nov. 19-26, 2019. ZENIT Senior Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, was on the papal flight, covering the trip.

After the stop, the Twitter account of the Holy See Press Office, made the following tweet: “On returning from his journey to #Thailand and #Japan, #PopeFrancis went to the Basilica of St Mary Major to pray.”

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.

Full Text of Pope Francis’ In-Flight Press Conference Returning from Japan & Thailand


About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. 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 NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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