July 7, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Everyone needs a vacation every now and then, the Pope is no exception. This week, Benedict XVI will head out to the usual spot, Castel Gandolfo, a small village just south of Rome. Things won't be as busy as they are in the eternal city, but still the Pope will have plenty to do. On Sunday's he'll hold the Angelus and Papal Blessing for the public and on his free time, he's reportedly planning on finishing the third and last part of his book “Jesus of Nazareth.”
The Pope plans to stay at Castel Gandolfo for the entire month of July and August and most of September, but there will be exceptions. The Holy Father is planning on going to Madrid for World Youth Day in August and also to Germany from September 22 to the 25th. During the month of July and August, there won't be any general audiences in St. Peter's square.
The first general audience in Castel Gandolfo will be on August 3rd. The last week of September, the Pope will be back in Rome.