Benedict XVI Headed to Castel Gandolfo

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 1, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will take up his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, some 19 miles south of Rome, on Wednesday.



During the summer period, all private and special audiences will be suspended, reported a communiqué released today from the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household.

On the first and last Sundays of July (the 6th and 27th) the Pope will pray the Angelus from the courtyard there. For the other two Sundays, he will be in Australia for World Youth Day.

This week's general audience will be the only one in July. General audiences will resume again regularly on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

After the Pope returns from Australia on July 21, he will head to Castel Gandolfo for another week, before leaving for vacation.

Then, from July 28 to Aug. 11, he will have a time of rest at the seminary of Bressanone, a city of 20,000 inhabitants located in the Italian province of Bolzano, in the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Though his stay there is for vacation, it is rumored that he will use the time to work on a third encyclical and the second part of his book, "Jesus of Nazareth."

During this period, the Holy Father is scheduled to hold just two public meetings: the praying of the Angelus on Aug. 3 and 10.