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Returning From Peru, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore

After His 22nd Apostolic Visit Abroad, Francis’ 1st Stop Upon Return to Rome Is to Pray Before Mary in Marian Basilica

Moments after landing in Rome’s Ciampino Airport Tuesday after 2 p.m. local time, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his eight-day Apostolic Trip to Peru and Chile, Jan. 15-22, 2018.

According to a note from the Holy See Press Office, before returning to the Vatican, after landing safely at the airport, the Pope made his usual detour to go to the Marian Basilica.

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.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

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