The Vatican has said Pope Francis visited the basilica of St. Mary Major this afternoon to pray to the Virgin, Salus populi Romani, whose icon is kept and venerated there.
“Afterwards, he went as a pilgrim on foot to the church of San Marcello al Corso on Via del Corso, where the miraculous Crucifix is located that in 1522 was processed through the city’s quarters to end the ‘Great Plague’ in Rome,” the Holy See Press Office said.
“With his prayer, the Holy Father invoked an end to the pandemic that has struck Italy and the world, implored healing for the many sick, remembered the many victims of these days, and asked that their families and friends find consolation and comfort. His prayer intention was also addressed to health workers, doctors, nurses, and those who in these days, with their work, guarantee the functioning of society.
“Around 5:30 p.m. the Holy Father returned to the Vatican.”