Pope Relaxed, Happy at Castel Gandolfo

VATICAN CITY, JULY 28, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI appears to be relaxed and enjoying his days of vacation at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, says the local bishop.

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Bishop Marcello Semeraro told Vatican Radio that he saw the Pope “relaxed, happy” when the Pontiff was greeting the faithful on Sunday for the midday Angelus.

“The moment of meeting with the faithful in Castel Gandolfo is certainly one that makes him happy and comforts him, because he hears the voices, sees the faces and the greetings that the faithful and pilgrims address to him,” the bishop explained.
 
Bishop Semeraro said that the number of people attending the Angelus last Sunday was so large that “the Holy Father wished to appear on the other side, on the Square, because there were really so many pilgrims and the inside courtyard was crowded.”
 
“They are faithful who come from all over the world who make themselves heard with their songs, their greetings and good wishes for the Pope and, in truth, Sunday, in these feast days, the town of Castel Gandolfo is wholly revived,” the prelate added.
 
He noted that in the parish “we must add celebrations of Holy Masses to allow these faithful to participate serenely in the Sunday Eucharist.”

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