Pope heads to the hills to pray

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI and his brother, along with the pope’s assistant secretary, quitely took off for the mountains last evening.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, reported today that the three went to the tiny town of Rosciolo di Magliano dei Marsi, home to the tiny romanesque Church of St. Mary. Built around 1080, it was connected to a Benedictine monastery that no longer exists. Along with the pastor and another priest, the pope and his little entourage recited the vespers for the feast of St. Clare, then went for a little walk on the mountain paths. The town is at an elevation of about 3,000 feet above sea level.

L’Osservatore reported that Pope Benedict, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb returned to the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo shortly after 8:30 p.m.

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3 Responses to Pope heads to the hills to pray

  1. jeanniiie says:

    St. Claire’s love for the Vicar of Christ on Earth is known by many. May she continue her intercession for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI.

  2. Marcel Dingli says:

    Alfred Xuereb is a Maltese. Long LIve The Rock !!

  3. Raven Wenner says:

    It is delightful that the Holy Father can slip away from the Vatican to spend some informal time in a tiny rural hamlet with his brother.

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