Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI Goes on Vacation in July 2006

After his trip to Valencia, Spain, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is taking his summer vacation.

Pope Benedict XVI will spend 18 quiet days at a chalet in the Italian Alps, followed by several weeks at the official papal summer residence at Castelgandalfo near Rome. He will arrive in Les Combes, France today, Tuesday, July 11, 2006.

In Les Combes, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to spend time alone reading, meditating and going for walks in the alpine forest. His only public appearances will be an Angelus prayer on July 16 & 23 along with his arrival. Upon his arrival, a group of children will present Pope Benedict XVI with a lamb's wool jacket to keep him warm during his alpine walks.

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