Monday, July 13, 2009

Benedict XVI takes vacation in the mountains

Associated Press Mon Jul 13, 8:35 AM ET

Pope Benedict XVI greets a child as he arrives, in Introd, near Aosta, northern Italy, Monday, July 13, 2009. The pontiff will spend a period of rest in the Aosta Valley until July 29, when he will travel to the papal residence in the ancient town of Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills, south of Rome.(AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar)

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Vatican City, Jul 13, 2009 / 10:31 am (CNA).- After completing a string of international visits and issuing his third encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI left this morning for a two-week vacation in the mountainous Valle d'Aosta region of Italy.

The Pope left Rome by plane at 10:30 this morning, bound for Turin in northern Italy. Following the hour-long flight, the Holy Father was taken by helicopter to a vacation home owned by the Salesians.

The chalet, known as Les Combes, is the same place where Pope Benedict vacationed in 2005 and 2006. The building is made of wood and stone, has two floors and is surrounded by a large garden. It stands at an altitude of 3,900 feet and has views over Mont Blanc and other mountains on the French-Italian frontier as well as over the Italian-Swiss Alps. The late Pope John Paul II also frequented Les Combes.

See also:

From Zenit, "Pontiff Heads to Alps for Vacation"

From the Boston Globe, "Pope on vacation in the Italian Alps"


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