ALL SOULS DAY: POPE PRESIDES AT MASS, VISITS TEUTONIC CEMETRY, PRAYS AT ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA

ALL SOULS DAY: POPE PRESIDES AT MASS, VISITS TEUTONIC CEMETRY, PRAYS AT ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA

Today, All Souls Day, Pope Francis presided at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the repose of the souls of those cardinals and bishops who died in the last year. After Mass, he went to the small, historical and very beautiful Teutonic cemetery in Vatican City. He has made visiting cemeteries on All Souls Day a hallmark of his pontificate.

He was greeted by the Sisters Handmaids of Christ the Priest, who care for the cemetery, and the rector and vice rector of the Pontifical Teutonic College of Santa Maria. The Holy Father stopped briefly for private prayer and blessed a number of the tombs with holy water before returning to his residence in the Casa Santa Marta.

This is one of my favorite places to visit in Vatican City. Following are some of the photos I’ve taken on various occasions:

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This afternoon, as is his custom before embarking on an apostolic trip, Pope Francis went to St. Mary Major Basilica to pray before the beloved icon of Salus Populi Romani. During this, his 100th visit to the basilica of his pontificate, he entrusted Our Lady with his three-day journey to Bahrain that starts tomorrow.