Loading
Pope Benedict leaves Vatican for summer residence
By David Kerr
Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur.
Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur.

.- On July 3, Pope Benedict left the Vatican for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, located outside of Rome.

According to the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, private and special audiences will be suspended over the summer months. The Pope's Wednesday general audience – also deferred during the month of July – will resume at Castel Gandolfo on Aug. 1.

“On Sundays and Solemnities during this period, the Pope will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo,” the prefecture said in a statement Monday.  

The small hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo sits about 15 miles to the south-east of Rome where it overlooks Lake Albano. It has been a papal residence since the reign of Pope Urban VIII in the mid-17th century. Being only 45 minutes by train from Rome, it is also a popular destination for pilgrims.

Pope Benedict’s Castel Gandolfo schedule for the next month has been keep deliberately light. On Wednesday July 11, the Feast of St. Benedict, he will play host to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

The orchestra, which brings together both Palestinians and Israeli musicians, will perform a works by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Meanwhile on Sunday July 15, the Pope will travel to the nearby Frascati to celebrate an outdoor Mass in the town’s Piazza San Pietro.

One of Rome’s seven “suburbicarian” dioceses, Frascati’s titular bishops is usually among the highest-ranking cardinals in the Roman Curia. The present incumbent, for example, is the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope Benedict will return from Castel Gandolfo to Rome in September.

Tags: Pope Benedict, Castel Gandolfo


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Jul
30

Liturgical Calendar

July 30, 2014

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Gospel
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 15: 10, 16-21
Gospel:: Mt 13: 44-46

Saint of the Day

St. Peter Chrysologus »

Saint
Date
07/29/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Homily
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: