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The pope is writing a book about the infancy of Jesus

The pope spends a portion of his free time writing this book, dedicated to Jesus? infancy.

Benedict XVI wrote the first volume during his vacation in 2003 and 2004. ; The second will be published in the coming months and includes reflections on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The pope also takes these days to stroll through Castel Gandolfo?s gardens. ; Benedict XVI enjoys nature in a hat and comfortable shoes, accompanied by his personal secretary Monsignor Georg Gänswein.

Benedict XVI also doesn?t miss the opportunity to feed fish in the garden?s small pond.

The pope uses these trips to pray the rosary before an image of the Virgin.Benedict XVI also uses these summer days to rest, pray, enjoy nature and writing—things he can only do three weeks a year, away from the intense work in Rome.