Pope Francis prayed in front of the statue of the Virgin in Piazza di Spagna, in the center of Rome, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, entrusting the peace of the world and of the world to the Virgin, especially the peace of Ukraine.
(Vatican News Network)On the afternoon of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis personally went to the Spanish Steps in central Rome, following tradition to pay homage to the Virgin in front of the statue of the Immaculate Conception. The Pope offered white roses in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, imploring the intercession of the Virgin Mary to help all those who are struggling in pain.
Every year, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope comes to pray in front of the statue which is located in the Plaza de España. In the past two years, due to measures to prevent the new crown epidemic, the pope came to greet privately early in the morning. This year the pope has resumed the practice of prayer with the people of God, with particular attention to peace in the world, especially for “suffering” Ukraine.
Reciting the prayer, the Pope said to Our Lady: “I bring you the thanks and prayers of all your sons and daughters, near and far.” Prayer for peace in Ukraine. As soon as Ukraine was mentioned, the Pope choked and couldn’t speak, bowed his head and wept.
Furthermore, in his prayers the Pope also thinks of the future of young people, as well as those young couples who follow the example of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. At the end of the prayer, the Pope said: “Looking at the Immaculate Conception, we can continue to believe and hope that love will triumph over hate, truth over falsehood, forgiveness over abuse, peace over war”.
Before arriving in Piazza di Spagna, the Pope prayed for a moment in silence in front of the statue of the Madonna del Soccorso in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in the center of Rome.
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