July 5, 2010.
Benedict XVI inaugurated a new fountain in the Vatican Gardens on Monday. The fountain is dedicated to Saint Joseph and was commissioned to pay homage to the pope and his given name, Joseph.
The pope said the fountain “represents a symbolic reminder of the values of simplicity and humility in accomplishing God's will every day, values which characterised the silent but invaluable life of the Custodian of the Redeemer.”
The fountain has two basins and is decorated by six bronze panels by Italian artist Franco Murer, which portray important scenes of Joseph's life.
The pope said the Vatican Gardens are a place he goes for prayer and quiet relaxation—themes he will likely embrace during his summer stay at Castel Gandolfo, beginning July 7.