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Pope begins summer vacation

Catholic World News - July 07, 2010

Following his regular midday audience on Wednesday, July 7, Pope Benedict XVI left Rome for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, where he will remain until September.

Having chosen to forego the trip to the Italian Alps that he has taken each of the previous year of his pontificate, Benedict XVI will instead take his summer vacation at the apostolic palace southeast of Rome. For the remainder of July he will relax, read, and write. He will not hold any more Wednesday audiences in July, although he will greet the public at Castel Gandolfo to recite the Angelus each Sunday at noon.

The Pope is expected to resume his weekly public audiences in August, although he will remain at Castel Gandolfo. In past years he has sometimes held his audiences at the summer residence, and sometimes made the short trip to the Vatican by helicopter on Wednesdays to hold audiences there.

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