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Pope makes first pastoral visit in Rome

By on Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of his visit to the parish of Saint Elisabeth and Zechariah  (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of his visit to the parish of Saint Elisabeth and Zechariah (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis has made his first pastoral visit to a diocese in Rome. On Sunday morning, the feast of the Holy Trinity, he visited the Parish of Saint Elisabeth and Zechariah and was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived by helicopter.

While he was there, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and administered Holy Communion to 16 children. In a first for a Pope on a visit to a parish, the Holy Father also heard the confessions of several people.

Addressing the congregation, Pope Francis underlined the importance of praying to the Madonna. Mary, the Holy Father said, is always in a hurry to help us, teaching us to understand God. She was there, he added, to help her cousin Elizabeth when she was expecting her baby and she is always there when we need her.

Pope Francis also focused on the theme of the Holy Trinity during his Homily telling the parishioners present that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one. The Christian life means talking to this Trinity, he said.

After greeting the many parishioners following Mass, the Pope returned to the Vatican by helicopter for the recitation of the Sunday Angelus.