Bernard Law in attendance at Pope Francis basilica visit
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In 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed him archpriest of Saint Mary Major. He resigned from the position after turning 80 in late 2011. "As archpriest, he wanted to be there" when Francis came to pray, said Lombardi. Pope Francis started his first full day as the head of the Catholic Church by praying in the basilica before a famous icon of the Virgin Mary called the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People).