Pope Francis visits Basilica of Saint Mary Major

A few hours after his election, Pope Francis, the new Successor of Peter, made a pilgrimage of prayer to the feet of the Virgin.

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In the simplicity of his gestures, you can already catch a glimpse of the pontificate of Pope Francis. A few hours after his election, as announced Wednesday night from the central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the new Successor of Peter made a pilgrimage of prayer to the feet of the Virgin. Shortly after 8:00 am Thursday morning, Pope Francis knelt in the Pauline Chapel at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, before the image of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani, an icon very dear to the citizens of the City. He then sang the Salve Regina. Accompanied by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, and Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló, archpriest of the Roman Basilica.