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Pope Francis, accompanied by secretary, stops to pray at cemetery, church

March 26, 2013

Following his Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis prayed at the Teutonic Cemetery and the adjacent Church of Our Lady of Mercy, L’Osservatore Romano has reported.

Pope Francis stopped to pray in the church’s Chapel of the Swiss, which commemorates the death of members of the Swiss Guard who defended the Pope during the Sack of Rome in 1527.

L’Osservatore Romano noted that Pope Francis was accompanied by Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, the Maltese Jesuit who worked as Pope Benedict’s assistant secretary and now serves as Pope Francis’s personal secretary. Pope Francis and Msgr. Xuereb were accompanied by Msgr. Thomas Frauenlob, a former Bavarian seminary dean who works for the Congregation of Catholic Education.


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