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Pope Francis: First Angelus Prayer in Castel Gandolfo

For lunch, Pope Francis will be joined by the Jesuit priests who work at the so-called Vatican Specola, which is the palace?s astronomical observatory.Castel Gandolfo has been the preferred summer residence of Popes since the 17th century. Pope Francis was the first pontiff to depart from tradition when he recently announced he will spend his vacation at the Vatican. Castel Gandolfo is where Pope Benedict XVI retired to for two months after his resignation. Pope Francis visited him there back in March, so this Sunday?s Angelus will mark the second time Pope Francis visits the village as Pontiff. BBRRVM-BNup:VIC