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Pope will skip Alpine vacation this summer

CWN - March 12, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has decided not to take a vacation in the Italian Alps this summer, choosing instead to spend all of his vacation time at the summer papal residence on Castel Gandolfo. The Pope, who is approaching his 83rd birthday, indicated that he would prefer to spend his free time resting and reading, without making the effort involved in travel to the mountains.

The Pope's decision breaks the pattern that he had established; each summer since his election to the pontificate in 2005 he had spent about 2 weeks in a cabin in the Italian Alps before moving to Castel Gandolfo for the remainder of the summer.

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