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Pope Francis: First Angelus Prayer in Castel Gandolfo

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
15 Jul 2013

On Sunday, for the first time since the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis will deliver his Angelus prayer from the Papal palace in the village of Castel Gandolfo.

The Pope is scheduled to arrive by car to the town, which is about 15 miles away from Rome. Upon his arrival, he will greet the Palace's employees and then deliver the Angelus prayer at noon.

For lunch, Pope Francis will be joined by the Jesuit priests who work at the so-called Vatican Specola, which is the palace's astronomical observatory.

Castel Gandolfo has been the preferred summer residence of Popes since the 17th century. Pope Francis was the first pontiff to depart from tradition when he recently announced he will spend his vacation at the Vatican.

Castel Gandolfo is where Pope Benedict XVI retired to for two months after his resignation. Pope Francis visited him there back in March, so this Sunday's Angelus will mark the second time Pope Francis visits the village as Pontiff.