After St. Peter’s Basilica closed to the public this evening, Pope Francis prayed at the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his death.
In a statement, the Vatican said the Holy Father “spent a long time kneeling in silent prayer” at the late Pontiff’s tomb in the St. Sebastian Chapel of the basilica. Afterwards, he also "paused briefly in prayer" at the tombs of Blessed John XXIII and St. Pius X.
The Pope was accompanied by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the Vatican basilica, and personal secretary Msgr. Alfred Xuereb.
The Vatican said that, as happened yesterday, when the Pope visited the tomb of St. Peter and the Vatican grottos,...READ MORE