Pope Benedict offers thanks before leaving Castelgandolfo

.- Concluding his traditional stay at Castelgandolfo Sunday, Pope Benedict offered thanks and blessings for the many personnel who worked to make his stay safe and successful. 

Pope Benedict XVI bid his farewells to Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano (the diocese in which Castelgandolfo is located), the religious communities, the civil authorities and the personnel in charge of security during his stay in the summer residence.

Benedict XVI also praised the "courtesy and hospitality (...) for the many pilgrims and visitors who came to see the Pope, especially for the Sunday Angelus."

Since the 16th century, Pope’s have traditionally worked from their residence in the lakeside town of Castelgandolfo during the months of August and September – when many Romans escape the oppressive heat of Rome by heading to the mountains or beaches of Italy.


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