Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope explains decision not to live in papal apartments

Catholic World News - May 30, 2013

In a letter to a friend in Argentina, Pope Francis has said that he chose to live in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, rather than in the papal apartments, so that he could have a more normal life.

The Pope said that he enjoys being “part of a family” at the Vatican’s guest house, where he can celebrate Mass daily and share meals with others in the dining hall of the residence. He uses the papal apartments for his office work and for papal audiences.

The Pope’s explanation of his choice was contained in a letter to an old friend, which was obtained by the Argentine daily Clarin.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,502 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,498.29
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: GymK - May. 30, 2013 7:42 PM ET USA

    Previously I had never thought about, or questioned, the Pope's living arrangements. After all, he is the Vicar of Christ! But how did Christ live when He was on earth? Perhaps Pope Francis is on to something! It may be time the Church moved away from the "regal" trappings of the Middle Ages. Perhaps our Bishops should follow his example and live more as pastors and less like CEOs. Should our Bishops have "palaces" "servants" limos with drivers, etc? Or, perhaps, a more modest lifestyle?

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 30, 2013 4:41 PM ET USA

    I've just finished reading an article that discusses people's responses to Pope Francis' simplicity. I'm somewhat surprised by how many people have been put off by the traditions of the Papacy. If that be true, we should expect many, many people to return to the Church, because they now have no excuse but to come.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All 7 hours ago
Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod July 29
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried July 29
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy July 29
Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All July 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21