Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pope leaves for mountain vacation

Tue Jul 11, 9:31 AM ET

ROME (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI has left Rome for a two-week vacation in the Italian Alps.

At Les Combes, a small mountain village in the northwestern Aosta valley, he will stay at the wood and stone chalet at the foot of Mount Paradiso which was especially arranged in 2000 for his predecessor John Paul II.

Benedict already spent his first summer vacation as head of the Roman Catholic Church there last year.

After July 28 when he will leave the Alps he will spend time at the papal summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo just outside Rome where he will resume his general audiences on Wednesdays.


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