Rome, Italy, Nov 2, 2018 / 10:05 am
In commemoration of All Souls' Day, Pope Francis prayed Friday in a cemetery for unborn children called the "Garden of Angels" on the outskirts of Rome.
"Listen to the prayer we address to you for all our loved ones who have left this world: open the arms of your mercy and receive them in the glorious assembly of Holy Jerusalem," the pope prayed in a Blessing of the Tombs Nov. 2.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Laurentino Cemetery, which includes a special burial area for deceased children and unborn babies, where the pope offered a bouquet of flowers and spent a moment in prayer.
"Today is a day of memory, a day to remember those who walked before us, accompanied us, gave us life," Pope Francis said in his homily.