Pope Heading to Castel Gandolfo

VATICAN CITY, JULY 7, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II on Monday will leave for the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, his base of activities for the rest of the season.

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The Pope himself made the announcement today when bidding pilgrims farewell after the recitation of the Angelus.

In Castel Gandolfo, located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Rome, John Paul II will carry out his public commitments, away from Rome’s oppressive summer heat.

During his stay there, the Pontiff will suspend his private and special audiences.

The Prefecture of the Papal Household announced that the Wednesday general audiences will be held in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo. If the crowd is too big, “the audience will take place in the Vatican,” a statement said.

The Holy Father’s stay in Castel Gandolfo will be interrupted from July 23 to Aug. 2, when he visits Canada, Guatemala and Mexico; and from Aug. 16-19, when he will travel to Poland.

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