Pontiff's Holidays Confirmed for July 13-29

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will return this year to the Italian Alpine resort of Les Combes, a village in the Aosta Valley, for his annual summer holidays, from July 13-29.



A communiqué issued by the prefect of the Pontifical Household confirmed that all audiences and public events will be suspended during the month of July.

However, the Pontiff will continue to gather with the faithful to pray the Angelus on Sundays. On July 10, he will recite the Marian prayer in the Ruggia Plaza of Romano Canavese, in the Diocese of Ivrea. On July 26, he will pray with the faithful at the residence of Les Combes.

After his stay in the Aosta Valley, Benedict XVI will travel to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, where he will remain until the end of September.

The Pope will continue to pray the Angelus with the faithful on Sundays and solemnities at the summer residence. The general audiences will resume regularly from Aug. 2.

In 2006, the Pope vacationed in the city of Bressanone, located in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige, where he had spent many vacations as a cardinal.

In 2007, Benedict XVI vacationed in Lorenzago di Cardore in Italy’s Veneto region, while the preceding two years he went to the Les Combes, in the Aosta Valley.