Pope prays at Basilica of St Mary Major before his visit to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius

Salus populi Romani

Salus populi Romani

Source: Vatican Media

Pope Francis visited the Basilica of St Mary Major on Tuesday morning, to pray before the icon of Mary, Salus Popoli Romani, ahead of his his 31st Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

The Holy Father flies out from Rome on Wednesday morning to Maputo in Mozambique,where he will stay until Friday morning. In the afternoon he will leave for Antananarivo in Madagascar. On Monday morning, Pope Francis will travel to Port Louis, Mauritius, for the final stage of his Apostolic Journey. He returns to Rome on Tuesday.

During the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis asked pilgrims to accompany him in prayer on his pastoral visit.

Tags: Pope Francis, Basilica of St Mary Major, Mary, Salus Popoli Romani, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

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