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Pope says goodbyes at summer residence, prepares to return to Rome

September 29, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has given his thanks to the staff at his summer residence, and local officials at Castel Gandolfo, as he prepares to return to the Vatican.

The Pontiff offered his “deep recognition” to all those who “have worked to ensure my stay here was peaceful and serene,” and promised to keep them in his prayers. He said that his summer stay had been pleasant, “in constant contact with nature, and in an atmosphere of silence.” He added: “In a place like this it is easier to find ourselves, to listen to the inner voice, what I would call the presence of God which gives profound meaning to our lives.”

Pope Benedict will leave Castel Gandolfo to return to the Vatican this weekend.


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