Pope Francis greets visitors in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican to pray the Angelus June 25, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As has been his practice since becoming pope in 2013, Pope Francis will take most of the month of July off as a sort of “staycation.”
“From July 1 and until the end of the month, as usual,” the pope’s “general, particular and special audiences are suspended. The audiences will resume in August, with the first general audience on Wednesday, Aug. 9,” said a statement from the Vatican press office.
On the first Wednesday of August, Pope Francis is to fly to Lisbon, Portugal, to preside over World Youth Day. His trip is scheduled for Aug. 2-6.
Although most public events on the pope’s calendar are canceled in July, the pope will continue to lead the recitation of the Angelus prayer at noon on Sundays from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
To the disappointment of the people of Castel Gandolfo, the hilltown south of Rome, Pope Francis has never used the papal villa there as a summer retreat from Rome’s heat, breaking a tradition that began in 1626 and was interrupted only by war.
Instead, he stays at his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, praying, reading, writing, catching up with correspondence and resting.