Pope invites faithful to visit Marian shrines and to remember Ukraine
On Monday, as the Church observes the 15 August Solemnity, the Holy Father gave this encouragement to the some 10,000 faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, following his Angelus address.
"On this day dedicated to Our Lady," the Pope said, "I urge all who have the opportunity to visit a Marian shrine to venerate our heavenly Mother."
The Bishop of Rome remembered that many Romans and pilgrims go to St Mary Major to pray before the Salus Populi Romani, and recalled that the Marian Basilica is also home to the statue of the Virgin Queen of Peace, placed there by Pope Benedict XV.
“Let us continue to invoke Our Lady's intercession so that God may grant peace to the world, and let us pray in particular for the Ukrainian people.”
The Holy Father greeted all the Romans and pilgrims from various countries.