Monday, July 18, 2005

Pope Benedict's Mountaintop Angelus

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his first Sunday prayer outside his summer residence in Les Combes, at the Valle d'Aosta in northern Italy, July 17, 2005. The pope told pilgrims on Sunday that vacation has become a necessity to escape the frenetic pace of day-to-day life, especially for city dwellers. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

It seems that the Spanish speaking pilgrims cheer the most when Benedict greets them in Espanol. He also greeted the pilgrims in English, Deutsch, Francais and Italiano.

What a beautiful backdrop for an Angelus!

Surrounded with flowers and nature.

Giving his mountaintop blessing.

The Holy Father looking rested and relaxed.

His spokesman said the 78-year-old pope is taking a "true vacation," although the pontiff is getting in some work. The pope writes all morning but then walks in the mountains in the afternoon, said Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

The pope was particularly surprised to find a piano installed at the Les Combes retreat, which had been used for many years by Pope John Paul II. Since he had come without music, Mozart scores were delivered from Aosta, the major city in the region.

Navarro-Valls said Benedict wasn't expecting the true privacy that he's found. "It was unimaginable for me to be able to walk so calmly," he quoted the pope as saying. (Associated Press) -Photos courtesy of Reuters and Associated Press.

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I would love to hear the Holy Father play Mozart and Beethoven on the piano.


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