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Pope to vacation in Italian alps

.- According to an announcement from the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI will spend much of the latter half of July on holiday in Les Combes in the Valle d'Aosta region of northwestern Italy.

The Pope’s vacation, to be held July 11 to 28, is scheduled to conclude at the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. During his absence, the Holy Father’s Wednesday general audiences for July 13, 20 and 27 will be suspended.

On Sunday, July 17 and 24, the Pope will pray the Angelus from his residence in Les Combes.Likewise, over the summer period, the Vatican announced that all private and special audiences are suspended. Pope Benedict’s general audiences will resume their normal frequency on Wednesday, August 3.

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