A RESTFUL VACATION FOR POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI…. – ….AND A TRAVEL AND WORK VACATION IN JULY FOR FRANCIS

How do I say thank you? Let me count the ways…..

I am speechless at the hundreds of emails and Facebok postings I have received in just a few hours wishing me a Happy Birthday! The messages have been long and short, wise and witty, marked by love, affection and friendship and glowing tributes to my work. I have heard from every corner of the earth, it seems, from longtime friends and from Facebook people I only know through correspondence – or perhaps not at all!  I have “received” cakes and cupcakes, virtual flowers and cards, musical tributes and several videos.

And I have received real flowers!

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I am moved and humbled by all of this!  When people say “God bless!” to me, I usually respond, “He really has!”  And He has blessed me – abundantly, in every way, with faith, family and friends.

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Please know that I’d love to respond to each and each person who has written so far (30 more best wishes have arrived since I start writing minutes ago!) but you are all in my hearts and prayers. May the Lord bless each of you as well!

I will raise a glass of prosecco tonight at my birthday dinner hosted by Linda and Jack Del Rio and will salute each and every one of you!

POPE FRANCIS’ JUNE 30 TWEET: How wonderful it is to proclaim to everyone the love of God which saves us and gives meaning to our lives!

A RESTFUL VACATION FOR POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI….

This morning, around 10 am, Pope Francis went to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican gardens where Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resides in retirement to greet the former pontiff and wish him a pleasant stay at Castlegandofo. The two met for about a half hour. Benedict XVI left shortly afterward for the papal residence in the Alban Hills and will stay there for two weeks, returning to Vatican City on July 14. Since becoming Pope in March 2013, Francis has invited Benedict several times to stay at Castelgandolfo, knowing how very much he enjoys this residence and feels at home there.

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….AND A TRAVEL AND WORK VACATION IN JULY FOR  FRANCIS

Pope Francis will spend most of July in Rome, although he will travel to three Latin American nations from July 5 to 12. When he is back in Rome he will be working on speeches and homilies for his September pilgrimage to Cuba and the U.S. where he will address the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and preside at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

In July, the Wednesday general audiences will be suspended but will resume in August in the Paul VI Hall. One exception is the previously planned audience the afternoon of July 3 with the Movement of Renewal in the Spirit in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Father will continue to recite the Angelus on Sundays.

The morning Mass at Santa Marta is also suspended during July and August. It will resume in early September.