Pope prays at Roman Marian icon for all world’s youth

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis traveled to Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray that Mary protect and care for everyone attending World Youth Day in Brazil and for all young people around the world.

The pope spent more than 30 minutes in silent prayer in a side chapel before the basilica’s famous Marian icon “Salus Populi Romani” (health of the Roman people).

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