Benedict XVI Won't Vacation in Alps This Year

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is planning on spending the entire summer at Castel Gandolfo this year, rather than taking a few days to vacation in the Alps.

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«Next summer, the Holy Father will travel directly from Rome to Castel Gandolfo to spend there the entire summer period,» a statement from the Vatican press office announced Thursday.

The communiqué adds that the Pope is appreciative of the invitations that have come this year to spend time in various mountain regions, «and has sincerely thanked the bishops that have made [these invitations].»

«But this year,» the statement reports, «he prefers to quickly begin the summer season of rest and study without taking on more travels.»

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