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Mission to Korea

“As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia”.

This is the intention that Pope Francis has entrusted to the faithful with a tweet message broadcast launched a few hours before leaving for the Korea, on his third trip outside of Italy. The 'plane with the Pope on board took off from Fiumicino Airport, Rome, on Wednesday afternoon, 13 August.

Before leaving the Bishop of Rome spent time in prayer at the Basilica of St Mary Major, to pay homage to the Salus populi Romani icon, just as he did on 20 July 2013, before leaving for Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day, and last 23 May, the eve of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

A simple and strictly spiritual visit, in private.

Pope Francis arrived at around 11 a.m., he prayed for about 20 minutes before the ancient image of Mary, so dear to the Romans, entrusting to her his intentions for the trip to Korea. Of course, his presence did not go unnoticed to the faithful and tourists who were in the Church at that time, someone greeted him wishing him a safe journey, someone else asked him to pray for peace. At the foot of Our Lady the Pope left a bunch of white and yellow roses.

Traveling with the Pope

As is customary, on the Feast of the Assumption the newspaper will not be printed. To stay updated with the Pope's trip, to with the 18-19 August edition will be dedicated, you can connect to the Twitter page of the newspaper (@oss_romano) or follow the direct coverage through the site:




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