#BreakingNews Pope Francis Arrives Safely in Rome after a Successful Visit to Mongolia and Thanks Our Lady

Pope Francis arrived safely in Rome after a successful visit to Mongolia. As per his tradition he went  to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her protection during his Apostolic Journey to Mongolia.

The Pope visits the ancient icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani before departure, to ask for Our Lady’s protection, and upon his return to Rome, the Pope returns to thank her.

According to the Holy See Press Office, he visited the Basilica on Monday as he returned to the Vatican from Rome’s Fiumicino Aiport.

"This afternoon, upon his return from Mongolia, as is customary at the end of each Apostolic Journey, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he paused in prayer before the icon of the Virgin Salus Populi Romani. He then returned to the Vatican at the end of the visit," read a press release.

As a special token of his affection, Pope Francis placed a bouquet of flowers on the altar below the ancient Roman icon.
A young Mongolian lady had given the bouquet to the Pope just before he boarded the papal plane in Ulaanbaatar as an expression of gratitude for his visit on the part of all the people of Mongolia.

Source: Vatican News