Pope to Vacation in German-Speaking Region of Italy

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will spend his annual holiday in the German-speaking region of the Italian Alps this summer.



The Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone reported Thursday that the Pope will vacation in the city of Bressanone, located in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige, from July 28 to Aug. 11.

During his stay the Holy Father will recite the Angelus on Aug. 3 and 10 in the square outside of Bressanone’s cathedral.

Joseph Ratzinger first visited town of Bressanone in 1967, when he held a conference on the priesthood with the rectors of the major seminaries of the area.

Every three years, from 1977 to 2004, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spent his vacations near the major seminary of Bressanone.

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 Valle d’Aosta.