The Pope at the Lourdes Grotto
in the Vatican Gardens
Another Marian stop for Pope Francis: after his visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major the day following his election, in the afternoon of Friday 15 March the Pontiff visited the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, in the Vatican Gardens, to prayer [to] the statue of the Virgin.
Accompanied by the Substitute of the Secretary of State, Archbishop Becciu, and by Mons. Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, Pope Francis then reentered the Domus Sanctae Marthae, his current residence.