The 4th of October 1962, exactly one week before the Council, he did a pilgrimage, by train, to the santuaries of Loreto and Assisi praying and making pray for the Council. It was the first time that a Pope went out of the Lazio region since the annexation of Rome to the Italian State in 1870. All the mass media underlined the exceptionality of the event. The press stressed the importance of his speeches in Loreto and Assisi. During his trip to these places he was welcomed along the way by a lot of people come to the main stations to see the pope. He spoke from the window of the train with them. But the most important fact was that the pope wanted to go on pilgrimage to the sanctuaries of Loreto and Assisi in order to beseech God to bestow his extraordinary graces on the coming II Ecumenical Council.