On December 8, 2017, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, after the prayer at the foot of the column of the Virgin Mary in Piazza di Spagna, Pope Francis will go on a private visit to Sant’Andrea delle Fratte Basilica, to pray before the effigy of the “Virgin of the Miracle,” for the anticipated anniversary of the apparition to Alphonse Ratisbonne, stated a press release of the Vicariate of Rome, two days earlier.
The Archbishop Vicar Angelo de Donatis will receive the Holy Father, whose arrival in Piazza di Spagna is foreseen for 4:00 pm. He will pray before the monument dedicated to the Virgin and leave flowers at her feet. The Pontiff’s private visit to Sant’Andrea delle Fratte Basilica will recall the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Alphonse Ratisbonne on January 20, 1842, French priest and missionary of Jewish origin. After the event, Alphonse Ratisbonne converted to Catholicism and, with his brother Theodore, founded the Sisters and Brothers of Our Lady of Sion.
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