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Pope Francis Returns to Rome After WYD 2013! Upon Arrival Goes to Basilica, to Pray to Our Lady

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
31 Jul 2013

Pope Francis is back in Rome.  After leading World Youth Day 2013 in Rio Brazil, with nearly 3 million pilgrims, Pope Francis is now at the Vatican.

The Pope's flight left from Rio's airport and took 11,30 hours. During his trip, the Pope flew over Brazil, Senegal, Mauritania, Algeria and finally Italy, where he landed at Rome's Ciampino airport.

Upon arrival, the Pope went to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, to pray before Our Lady. As a gift, he left a green sports jersey and a beach ball, at her feet, both items directly brought from Rio,  Brazil.