For about two centuries, the Sovereign Pontiffs have been making a brief pilgrimage to the statue of the Virgin Mary in Piazza di Spagna, positioned within the historic heart of Rome, yearly on December 8, to entrust the town to the Virgin, in keeping with Digi24. This yr, nevertheless, the pilgrimage is not going to happen.

“On December 8, the Holy Father Francis will carry out an act of devotion in non-public, entrusting to the Virgin Mary the town of Rome, its inhabitants and the various sick folks from everywhere in the world. The choice to not go to the Piazza di Spagna within the afternoon of December 8 for the normal act of veneration of the Immaculate Conception is as a result of present well being emergency, being taken with a view to keep away from any danger of an infection brought on by the formation of teams of individuals. “, It’s proven in a communiqué of the Vatican.

The route taken by Pope Francis through the occasion included the gap between the Vatican Metropolis and Piazza di Spagna, the place the column on which the Virgin Mary sits is positioned, and on both facet of the highway have been often crowds of individuals heading in direction of monument.