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Jun 6 09 2:09 PM
Thanks to the Monastery of Montecassino for its hospitality, for the atmosphere of prayer, the silence and the joy of the feast of Santa Scholastica.
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As he did in 2005 and 2006, the Pope will stay in a chalet belonging to the Salesian Order, the same as that in which John Paul II often used to spend his
holidays. The building, made of wood and stone, has two floors and is surrounded by a large garden. It stands at an altitude of 1200 meters and has views over
Mont Blanc and other mountains on the French-Italian frontier as well as over the Italian-Swiss Alps.
The only two public ceremonies scheduled for the Pope's vacation are on Sunday 19 July and Sunday 26 July. On 19 July he will pray the Angelus at Piazza
Ruggia in front of the parish church of Sts. Peter and Solutor at Romano Canavese in the diocese of Ivrea. On 26 July he will pray the Angelus in the residence
of Les Combes.
Benedict XVI will stay at Les Combes - located some 20 kilometres from the city of Aosta within the municipality of Introd - until 29 July.
Following his vacation in Valle d'Aosta, the Pope will move to his summer residence of Castelgandolfo, 30 kilometres south of Rome, where he will remain
until the end of September.
The Pope's next apostolic trip, the thirteenth since the start of his pontificate, will take him to the Czech Republic from 26 to 28 September.
DPA - Pope Benedict XVI arrived Monday in the northwestern Italian Alpine town of Les Combes di Introd to begin a two-week holiday that follows an intense
first half of 2009 for the 82-year-old pontiff. Benedict first flew by plane from Rome to Turin, before boarding a helicopter and touching down just after
midday on a grassy field.
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Zenit - Benedict XVI
trusts the doctors who operated on his wrist Friday after a fall Thursday evening at his vacation chalet in northern Italy caused a fracture.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the
Vatican press office, affirmed this today as he discounted doubts raised by doctors interviewed by journalists in some reports.
"A decision was made
about the operation and its conditions after careful consideration by competent people, taking into account -- as is to be expected -- direct knowledge of the
patient and his concrete circumstances," Father Lombardi affirmed to Vatican Radio.
He explained that any concerns
suggested by doctors acting as press experts "are theoretical, in the sense that they cannot take into account the determinant factors of knowing the
patient, his situation and the circumstances in which he finds himself, which are decisive elements in the case of an operation like this one."
"I believe," Father
Lombardi added, "that there can be complete confidence that the most reasonable and the best solution was selected, according to the concrete situation,
and there is no reason to promote worry."
The spokesman, who is with the
Holy Father in Les Combes, told journalists that the Pope is doing well and spent the day in the chalet.
He also reported that so far,
the Pontiff has not used the computer given him Sunday by an Italian technology firm.
"He is not used to
writing with a keyboard -- he's not so technological," Father Lombardi observed. "Particularly for the work of composing, he prefers a
Father Lombardi confirmed that
the Holy Father will participate Friday in vespers in the cathedral in Aosta. "Some 400 people are expected to participate," the spokesman said,
referring to the priests of the diocese and representatives of various parishes, among others. "It will be a very beautiful moment of prayer.
"Later, on Sunday, he has
the Angelus programmed, which will be here, close to the Pope's residence."
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"It is strange" - says Eduardo - "now we go to the places we have always gone and discovered that they feel different - the square, the road
leading to the bar, the grocery store and then into the country. The Pope was here and these places are no longer the same, they will always be
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