Announcement of papal visit to L’Aquila sparks resignation speculation
June 07, 2022
CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to L’Aquila, the capital of Italy’s Abruzzo region (map), on August 28.
The Vatican announcement has sparked resignation rumors: L’Aquila is the site of the tomb of Pope St. Celestine V, who resigned in 1294, and the visit will take place the day after Pope Francis creates 21 new cardinals.
According to the Vatican announcement, Pope Francis is traveling to the city to meet with survivors of a major earthquake and to take part in the annual Celestinian forgiveness celebration.
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