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No Wednesday papal audiences in August

July 01, 2013

Although he has chosen not to take a summer vacation, Pope Francis will curtail his public schedule during the month of August, the Vatican has announced.

The Pope will not hold his usual weekly audiences during August; he will resume the Wednesday audiences on September 4. He will, however, continue to hold midday audiences each Sunday during August.

The Vatican also announced that the Pope will travel to Castel Gandolfo to on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, and celebrate Mass at the parish church there. Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI had reportedly encouraged the Pontiff to make the trip to the summer residence for the feast day, since it has become a papal tradition to celebrate that feast with the people of Castel Gandolfo.

The Vatican had earlier announced that Pope Francis plans to spend the summer in Rome, although he has left open the possibility of making occasional visits to the summer residence.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 01, 2013 6:22 PM ET USA

    No summer vacation! This Pope is more and more like St.John Vianney who was desperate to bring his wayward parishioners back to Jesus.