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Pope Francis' vacation: He rests in the Vatican and prepares for upcoming meetings

Pope Francis once again spends his entire summer at the Vatican. He will not travel to Castle Gandolfo to rest for a few days, as his predecessors did.

During the month of July, his activities have been kept to a minimum. He does not hold any official meetings nor his weekly Wednesday public catechesis. His only public appearance is on Sundays at 12:00 p.m., to pray the Angelus with the traveling pilgrims.

Pope Francis, therefore, simply reduces his frantic pace full of official meetings, but this does not mean he stops working. He is already preparing for his upcoming trip to Colombia in September. The country is immersed in a disputed peace process striving to end the war against drug trafficking. In the last 30 years it has claimed more than 20,000 lives. That is why, during this trip, all the pope's gestures and words will be looked at with a magnifying glass.

For this, the pope diminishes his external activity in this period, to take advantage of working from home with peace.