Scenes from the pope’s garden at Castel Gandolfo

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Even though Pope Francis has decided not to head out to the cooler climes of Castel Gandolfo for the summer, members of the CNS Rome Bureau decided to spend a morning there.

The director of the papal villas, Osvaldo Gianoli, gave us a three-hour tour to promote the opening of the gardens to the public — when they buy a ticket and follow a guide.

In addition to our story and video about the visit, I thought I would share some more of the photos taken by our intern, Henry Daggett.

 

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    Scenes from the pope’s garden at Castel Gandolfo

    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Even though Pope Francis has decided not to head out to the cooler climes of Castel Gandolfo for the summer, members of the CNS Rome Bureau decided to spend a morning there.

  2. Beautiful!

  3. Yes it is beautiful! But is also extravagant and enormously expensive to maintain. And in the face of the needs of our brothers and sisters fleeing genocide in Iraq it is blasphemous! This is trivia when love requires a universal outcry in the face of genocide. We concern ourselves with extravagance and materialism when circumstances demand we cry out for justice and the defense of innocents. Charity for the victims of religious persecution and the orphans of martyrs takes precedent over maintaining something like this!

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