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Lenten Retreat for Roman Curia will be held outside Rome

Catholic World News - October 17, 2013

In a break from Vatican tradition, Pope Francis has decided that the annual Lenten Retreat for the Roman Curia should be held outside Rome.

In 2014 the Lenten Retreat which will be attended by the Pope and the leaders of the Roman Curia, will be held at the Casa del Divin Maestro in Albano, Italy. Msgr. Angelo De Donatis, a priest of the Rome diocese, will lead the spiritual exercises. The retreat will begin on Sunday, March 9, and conclude on Friday, March 14, running through the 1st week of Lent.

The Vatican explained that Pope Francis wanted to hold the retreat at a location that would promote silence and contemplation, removed from ordinary work settings. His decision is in keeping with the Jesuit tradition, which encourages priests to make a retreat at a location separate from their home and work.

The Casa del Divin Maestro (“House of the Divine Master”) is located about 15 miles southeast of Rome, on the shore of Lake Albano. The papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo is on the opposite side of the lake.

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