Pope invites faithful to visit Our Lady in a Marian shrine and to remember Ukraine
By Deborah Castellano Lubov
This Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis has invited faithful to visit a Marian shrine.
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.
Happy Feast to all, away or home, and especially the lonely and sick
The Holy Father greeted all the Romans and pilgrims from various countries.
Thanks for those providing indispensable services for community
The Holy Father also gave special words of thanks to those who in these hot August days continue "to provide indispensable services for the community."
"Thank you for your work for us!"
Pope Francis concluded by wishing a happy Solemnity, a good lunch, and reminding them to pray for him.