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Pope Francis outside his home at Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he wil remain during his summer break (CNS/Paul Haring)

As has been his practice since becoming pope in 2013, Pope Francis will take most of the month of July off as a sort of “staycation”. Source: NCR Online.

“From July 1 and until the end of the month, as usual,” the Pope’s “general, particular and special audiences are suspended. The audiences will resume in August, with the first general audience on Wednesday, August 9,” said a statement from the Vatican press office.

On the first Wednesday of August, Francis is to fly to Lisbon, Portugal, to preside over World Youth Day. His trip is scheduled for August 2-6.

Although most public events on the Pope’s calendar are cancelled in July, the Pope will continue to lead the recitation of the Angelus prayer at noon on Sundays from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square.

To the disappointment of the people of Castel Gandolfo, the hilltown south of Rome, Francis has never used the papal villa there as a summer retreat from Rome’s heat, breaking a tradition that began in 1626 and was interrupted only by war.

Instead, he stays at his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, praying, reading, writing, catching up with correspondence and resting.


Vatican confirms Pope Francis taking a ‘staycation’ in July (CNS via NCR Online)