Pope Francis Opens the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the Public

Garden - Castel Gandolfo

Yesterday in Rome, it was announced that Pope Francis had opened his gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the public.Tourists will now be able to tour the gardens of the Pontifical Villas  where, according to the director of the Vatican Museums, "the splendor of art and the glory of nature co-exist in admirable equilibrium."A 90-minute guided tour, either in Italian or in English, will be offered each Monday-Saturday; tickets can be obtained through the Vatican Museums via an on-line booking … [Read more...]

We Are Brothers: Pope Francis, Pope-Emeritus Benedict Do Lunch

Two popes 2013

It’s been 600 years since such a meeting could take place.Today at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis paid a visit to his predecessor, Pope-Emeritus Benedict.  The two greeted one another warmly, prayed together in the chapel, then enjoyed a long private conversation before sharing lunch.Benedict seemed frail, clutching his cane as he met his successor near the helicopter.  Together, they walked to the Chapel for a brief prayer.A report by Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Pr … [Read more...]