This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis praying in Rome's Santa Maria Maggiore basilica, on March 15, 2020 Image Credit: AFP

Vatican City: Pope Francis left Vatican City on Sunday to pray in one of Rome's cathedrals for victims of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said.

The 83-year-old pontiff first visited Rome's Santa Maria Maggiore basilica and then walked "on foot, as if on a pilgrimage" to the San Marcello al Corso church, the Vatican said in a statement.