I would like to share with you the news that on December 28th the Holy Father Francis appointed me as the Archpriest of the Archpriest of Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, while on February 2nd, on the feast of Our Lady of Candlemas, I solemnly started this honorable service. All pilgrims traveling to the Eternal City know this place very well. This Basilica is the oldest Marian’s shrine in the West and its origin goes back to the Council of Ephesus in the year 431, which defined the dogma of Divine Motherhood of Mary. This Basilica is characterized by an extraordinary beauty of the architecture and works of art and it is considered the mother of all Marian shrines in the Christian world, a priceless monument of faith and love of so many generations of Christians to the Blessed Mother, venerated there in the famous Icon called Salus Populi Romani, that means: Salvation of the Roman People…This place was and is visited by Holy Fathers and saints as well as many faithful people from around the world. This is an important spiritual heritage which involves over 15 centuries of history and which forces us to reflect: how we should live today with this heritage? How to pass on this legacy to the next generation?...