Vatican City: Pope Francis will present a golden rose in front of the Salus Populi Romani, the famous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is housed in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Tomorrow, the feast day of the Ascension, Papa will pray the rose at 3.30 pm Italian time.
The ‘golden rose’ is one embedded in ancient tradition. It represents the Pope’s apostolic blessing. It is a fact recorded in history that for centuries monasteries, rulers and eminent personalities have been honored with the golden rose in recognition of their commitment to the faith and the common good.
Pope Francis places flowers in front of the icon of the Holy Mother to underline its spiritual significance. The Basilica Maria Majore in Rome is the oldest Marian pilgrimage site in the Western world.
This golden rose ceremony will be held again on December 8, 2023 after four hundred years. So the world is witnessing a historic event. Before and after each of his apostolic journeys, Pope Francis prays before this holy image.
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