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Pope, Curial leaders will leave Rome (by bus) for Lenten Retreat

Catholic World News - March 05, 2014

Pope Francis and the leaders of the Roman Curia will travel by bus from Rome to the Casa del Divin Maestro in Albano, Italy, for their annual Lenten Retreat that begins on March 9.

Pope Francis has said that he thinks Vatican officials should leave their work behind during their annual retreat, rather than spending time each day in their offices. So for the first time the Lenten Retreat will be held not at the Vatican, but at the facility on Lake Albano, about 15 miles southeast of Rome.

The spiritual exercises will take place during the first full week of Lent, beginning on Sunday, March 9, and continuing through Friday, March 14. Msgr. Angelo De Donatis, a priest of the Rome diocese, will be the preacher.

The head of each Vatican dicastery is invited to attend the annual retreat, along with his top assistant. Other officials of the Roman Curia may join if space allows.

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