On return to Rome, Pope again visits St. Mary Major
July 29, 2013
Immediately upon returning to Rome after his first international voyage, Pope Francis stopped at the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the success of World Youth Day.
The Pope had made an unannounced trip to St. Mary Major just before his flight to Brazil for the World Youth Day celebration. He returned to the basilica after his return flight landed at Rome's Ciampino airport on July 29.
The visit was the Pope's 3rd surprise stop at St. Mary Major. He had stunned observers on the day after his election to the papacy by crossing Rome to pray there for the protection of the Virgin Mary.