Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pope ends alpine holiday and heads for summer residence

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday ended his two-week holiday in the northern Italian alpine resort of Les Combes, in the Valle D'Aosta region.

Benedict was due to travel to the papal summer residence at Castelgandolfo, 30 kilometres south of Rome, where he will remain until the end of September.

At Castelgandolfo he will continue treatment of his right wrist, which he broke in a fall at the Salesian-owned chalet in Les Combes during his July holiday. Doctors have said the pope's wrist is healing well.

Benedict is scheduled on Saturday to receive around 100 athletes who are currently taking part in the world swimming championships in Rome.

On Sunday, the pontiff is due to deliver the Angelus prayer from the balcony overlooking the central courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.

Weekly general audiences will resume from Wednesday 5 August.
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