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Pope Francis’ Summer Break Has Begun

General Audiences Resume in August, and Morning Mass at Santa Marta in September

As is the case every summer, Pope Francis takes a break from his public meetings: his weekly Wednesday morning General Audiences are suspended throughout July.

The weekly Audiences will resume in August in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, rather than in St. Peter’s Square due to Rome’s intense heat.

The Pope’s morning Masses in the chapel of his residence Casa Santa Marta, are also suspended until September. Francis will celebrate Mass in private and the Vatican will not publish the content of his daily homilies.

Despite his ‘break’, the Pope will continue to give his Angelus address each Sunday at noon. He will do so, as usual, from St. Peter’s Square, given Pope Francis has opted since the start of his pontificate to stay in Rome over the summer, rather than to go to Castel Gandolfo like his predecessors.

As for his other appointments, there is an Ecumenical Day of Reflection and Prayer for the Middle East scheduled for July 7 in the southern Italian city of Bari, and his Apostolic Visit to Dublin, Ireland, for the World Meeting of Families, August 25-26.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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