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Returning From Armenia, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore

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Returning From Armenia, Pope Stops at Santa Maria Maggiore

Moments after landing in Rome”€™s Ciampino Airport Sunday slightly after 8:30 p.m. local time, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to offer thanks for the success of his three-day Apostolic Trip to Armenia, July 24-26, the first nation ever to adopt Christianity as a state religion.

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, and left flowers for the Blessed Mother.



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