Pontiff to Vacation in Veneto Region

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will spend this summer's holidays in Lorenzago di Cadore, in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, reported the Vatican press office.

According to Saturday's announcement, the Holy Father will stay July 9-27 in a house owned by the Diocese of Treviso, located in the Dolomites, an Alpine mountain range.

The bells of all the churches of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre, where the town is located, rang in celebration today at midday as Benedict XVI prepared to recite the Angelus in Rome.

The house is the same one where his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, had stayed on six occasions between 1987 and 1998.

Surrounded by a forest, the locale is used for seminarians' summer holidays and for youth formation courses. It is being renovated and will be equipped with a piano.

In 2005 and 2006, Benedict XVI spent his holidays in Les Combes, in the Aosta Valley, in northwestern Italy. John Paul II had also vacationed there on numerous occasions.