Pope Paul arrived at his summer residence in Castle Gandolfo near Rome on Thursday (15 July) for a working holiday.
Pope Paul arrived at his summer residence in Castle Gandolfo near Rome on Thursday (15 July) for a working holiday. He is expected to rest in the castle until mid-September, but told crowds gathered to greet him on his arrival that his stay would be one of restoration rather than relaxation. "This is because in the Church there are so many things which require our presence", he announced from his balcony.
SYNOPSIS: About 2,000 people gathered near the Castle Gandolfo outside Rome last Thursday to welcome Pope Paul The Pope is staying in his summer residence, and is expected to remain here until mid-September. Although he hopes his life will be slightly less strenuous, his holiday will be more in name than in fact.
The crowd waited loyally for the Pope to appear at the balcony of the castle, and announce the beginning of his rest....but when he appeared Pope Paul told them that his stay would be one of restoration rather than relaxation He said that this was because in the church there were so many things requiring his presence... the Pope will continue to hold general audiences every Wednesday and address pilgrims in the courtyard of his residence on Sundays.
Private audiences have been suspended until the Pope's return to Rome, but he will continue to have daily consultations with his senior advisors.
According to tradition, the Pope blessed the crowd before retiring inside the castle.