Pope to celebrate Assumption at Castel Gandolfo

2013-08-14 Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has so far spent most of his summer continuing to reside at the Domus Santa Maria – a change from his predecessors, who routinely spent the month of August at Castel Gandolfo.

On Thursday, though, the Holy Father will be travelling by helicopter to the popes’ summer residence, where he will take part in celebrations for Ferragosto – the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

His first stop will be a private visit to the Immaculate Conception Convent of cloistered Poor Clare sisters. It will be the Pope’s second visit to the nuns.

Afterwards, the Holy Father will be welcomed by the town’s pastor, and then celebrate Mass for the local residents in Castel Gandalfo’s Piazza della Libertà. The Mass will conclude with the traditional recitation of the Angelus.

Pope Francis will be staying in the town for lunch, followed by a strictly private visit to the parish of San Tommaso da Villanova.

After a full day in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father will return once more to the Vatican.

Listen to Christopher Wells' report: