Pope Benedict XVI To Visit Loreto

Pontiff Will Visit Shrine Containing House of the Virgin Mary

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to Loreto on October 4. The visit is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XVIII's visit to the Shrine of the Holy House in the Italian town.

The shrine, a Catholic place of pilgrimage visited by thousands each year, contains the house where the Virgin Mary lived.

The Holy Father is to depart to Loreto by helicopter where he is expected to visit the Holy House contained within the shrine. The Pope will also adore the Blessed Sacrament and pray to Our Lady of Loreto.

The highlight of the day will be a morning mass at the Piazza della Madonna di Loreto in front of the shrine, which Pope Benedict will celebrate and deliver the homily.