Saturday, July 15, 2006

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Vacationing Pope Stays in Touch With Vatican

INTROD, Italy, JULY 14, 2006 (

While vacationing in Les Combes, a village of the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps, Benedict XVI is in constant contact with the Vatican Secretariat of State. The Holy Father began his vacation on Tuesday and will continue until July 28.

Like last year, he chose the same spot Pope John Paul II used for his holidays. Salvatore Mazza, envoy of the Italian newspaper Avvenire, reported that the Pope has already gone on outings in the area. He rises early, celebrates Mass with his secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, then has breakfast prepared by consecrated lay women who also attend to him in the Vatican.

His secretary gives him the mail that has arrived that day. However, unlike in Castel Gandolfo, mail bags do not arrive from the Vatican. A computer is installed in his secretary's room, though the Pope does not use it, since he prefers to write by hand. According to Avvenire, the Holy Father generally spends the morning studying and goes out in the afternoon unless, as happened on Thursday, the threat of rain reverses his plans.

Also on Thursday, JoaquĆ­n Navarro Valls, recently retired Vatican spokesman, arrived in Les Combes. Benedict XVI invited him to spend a few days of vacation in the Aosta Valley. On Sunday, the Pontiff will have his first public meeting with the faithful to pray the Angelus. Thousands are expected to attend.

Papacy and the Vatican


Blogger Carmel said...

I know that my mum and dad always said that she lived near a place called "Valle D'Aosta" in her words. I wonder if it's the same place.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Wow Carmel, I'm sure it's the same place. You ought to visit there one time, especially during the Pope's visit. The place looks so serene and beautiful.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

I asked my mother last night, she said that she moved there with her family and lived there. I would love to go yes and especially when the Pope is visiting!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

That is so cool! Papa is waiting for you!

6:01 PM  

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