Pope makes surprise visit to Italian town
August 12, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI made a surprise visit to the Italian town of Rosciolo di Magliano dei Marsi on August 11, leading a Vespers service in the 11th-century church of Santa Maria.
The Holy Father, who is staying at his summer residence in Castel Gandofo, traveled a bit more than an hour to the town in the Aquila province. After his visit to the church, he and his traveling companions—his brother Georg and 2 priest-secretaries—spent some time walking along the local paths before returning to the apostolic palace.