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Pope starts vacation at Castel Gandolfo

July 08, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI arrived at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on Thursday evening, July 7, to begin his vacation.

“I am so happy to be here,” the Pope said as he greeted residents of the town from the window of the apostolic palace. “We hope that the Lord will give us a good holiday.”

During his brief appearance the Holy Father drew applause from the croaad in the courtyard when he commented on the “beautifully restored church” in Castel Gandolfo. The church of San Tommaso da Villanova, which is being renovated with Vatican funding, now has a bell which tolls whenever the Pontiff arrives at Castel Gandolfo.


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