Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Moving on...

Earlier today Pope Benedict departed from Les Combes d'Introd and travelled to Castel Gandolfo where he will remain for several weeks.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Some Holiday Snaps

The first pictures show the Pope before his fall:

The following images show Pope Benedict leaving hospital after being treated for his wrist injury:

Monday, July 13, 2009

Papal Vacation Begins

Pope Benedict XVI has departed from the Vatican for a fortnight’s holiday at Les Combes d'Introd which is located in the Valle d'Aosta at Italy's extreme northwest corner. Les Combes was the Pope’s choice for his first summer holiday following his election in April 2005.

The Pope is scheduled to remain at Les Combes d'Introd until 29th July at which point he will repair to the papal summer villa at Castel Gandolfo.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Caritas in Veritate

Click HERE for the encyclical's text.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Restoration of the Cappella Paolina

The Cappella Paolina (Pauline Chapel), within the Apostolic Palace, is separated from the Sistine Chapel only by the Sala Regia. Commissioned by Pope Paul III in 1538, the Chapel was completed in 1540 under the design and supervision of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.

Two of the frescos in the Chapel are by Michelangelo. The Conversion of Saul and The Crucifixion of St Peter were painted from 1542 to 1549.

The Chapel has recently been the subject of an extensive restoration. Pope Benedict XVI will inaugurate the restored Chapel this Saturday, 4th July, with the celebration of Vespers.