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Pope Francis plans no vacation: will remain in Rome through summer

Catholic World News - June 06, 2013

Breaking with the usual pattern for a Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis will not spend the summer months at Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican has disclosed.

Pope Francis will remain in the Domus Sanctae Marthae throughout the summer, the Vatican press office announced on June 6. The Holy Father may take occasional trips to the summer papal residence, but does not plan any long stays there.

The Pope will work at a somewhat relaxed schedule during the summer months, however, the Vatican announced. Private and special papal audiences will be suspended, and the Pope will not hold his regular Wednesday public audiences during the month of July. The weekly papal audiences will resume on August 7.

Beginning July 7, Pope Francis will not be celebrating daily Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, announced Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. He did not indicate when, or if, the daily papal Masses will resume.

Pope Francis will be traveling to Brazil in late July for World Youth Day. He is due to leave Rome on July 22 and return July 29.

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