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2016-07-07


It's summer in Rome and the Pope also takes time off to go on holiday...in his own way. His vacation is, in fact, just a more relaxed period of public activity. The Pope is still working from Casa Santa Marta.

His schedule has not changed. He still wakes up at five in the morning. However, Pope Francis will use these weeks to focus more on reading, prayer, and study. He will probably also prepare several speeches for his next trips.

Wednesday general audiences will not be celebrated throughout the month of July. However, Pope Francis will say the Angelus prayer from his window in the Apostolic Palace.

He will receive visits and groups in the Vatican but his schedule will not be as intense as it is the rest of the year.

However, this month of July will be different from other years. From the 27th to the 31st, Pope Francis will travel to Poland for the World Youth Day closing ceremonies. It will be an important trip during which he will also visit the concentration camp in  Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

August will start off with another trip for the Pope, although this time it will last only one day and he will not leave Italy. Pope Francis will visit Assisi to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi. Pilgrims that visit a Franciscan church or any of the parishes of Assisi in the first two days of August have the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgence.

The Wednesday general audiences will be resumed in the month of August, but they will be celebrated in the Paul VI Audience Hall, to avoid the intense summer heat.

In September, the Pope will celebrate daily mass with pilgrims in Casa Santa Marta and he will return to his daily routine.


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