March 16, 2013. (Romereports.com) (-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis began the first days of his pontificate with a packed schedule. On Friday afternoon, in addition to visiting Cardinal Jorge Mejia at the hospital, he prayed before the replica of the Grotto of Lourdes at the Vatican Gardens.
The site is dear to many Popes, including John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The latter would pray before Our Lady of Lourdes on a near daily basis. It is likely that once the Pope emeritus makes his way back to the Vatican, both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI will go and pray together.