Vacation a Time for God, Says Holy Father

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 25, 2006 ( For Benedict XVI, vacation is a privileged time to come close to God and to discover the beauty of the world.

The Pope expressed this today after reciting the midday Angelus with the 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Speaking in Polish, the Holy Father said: "May this time bring you closer to God and to men, and enable you to discover the beauty of the world."

The Pontiff also greeted those who are getting into their cars these days to begin their holidays and exhorted them to "responsibility on the highways" and reminding them that "correct conduct when driving is a concrete way to respect one's own and others' life."

On July 11, after his trip to Spain, to attend the World Meeting of Families, Benedict XVI will travel to Les Combes of Introd, in Val d'Aosta, in the Italian Alps, to spend a few days of rest, until July 28.