John Paul II to Spend Vacation in Alps for 9th Time

VATICAN CITY, APR. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- For the ninth time, John Paul II will spend his summer holidays in Val d´Aosta, from July 9 to July 20.

For the third consecutive year, the Holy Father has accepted the invitation of the Diocese of Aosta to spend his holidays in Les Combes, Introd, in the Alps.

“We mustn´t get used to it. The fact that the Pope visits a place is a grace,” Bishop Giuseppe Anfossi of Aosta told the Italian newspaper Avvenire. “I think we must always have the enthusiasm of the first time, despite the reserve that characterizes the residents of the place, which the Pope appreciates.”

Last year, the Holy Father stayed in an elevator-equipped chalet, constructed by the Salesians of Les Combes.

John Paul II will take advantage of his summer holiday to prepare some documents and addresses. He plans to publicly recite the midday “Angelus” on Sunday, July 15.

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