Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Pope Francis will be “staycationing” this summer:
In a note released today, the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household announced that, during the summer period, all private and special audiences will be suspended. The Wednesday general audiences of 3,10, 17, and 31 July are likewise suspended and will resume again from 7 August. On Sunday, 14 July, the Holy Father will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. From Monday, 22 July, to Monday, 29 July, the Holy Father will travel to Brazil for the 28th World Youth Day. Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., explained this morning that the pontiff’s normal residence for the summer period will continue to be the Domus Sanctae Marthae, even if he will occasionally travel to Castel Gandolfo, as for the Sunday Angelus on 14 July. Further, the morning Masses in the chapel of the Domus will be suspended from 7 July.
He does have a special jaunt to Brazil planned for World Youth Day, but perhaps the rest of us should be inspired to enjoy the pleasures of home a bit more this summer like our Holy Father.
A question for you: What are your plans for summer vacation this year? Are you — or your kids — headed to World Youth Day?