HOLY FATHER TO SPEND A PERIOD OF REST IN VALLE D'AOSTA

Vatican City, 6 June, 2009 - Benedict XVI will spend a period of rest from 13 to 29 July at the residence of Les Combes at Introd, in the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta.

This is the third time the Pope has chosen to spend the first weeks of his summer break in Valle d'Aosta, having also been there in 2005 and 2006. Last year he went to Bressanone in the Italian alpine region of Alto Adige, and in 2007 to Lorenzago di Cadore in the Italian Dolomites.

A communique released by the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household announces that at midday on Sunday 19 July the Holy Father 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 Sunday 26 July he will pray the Angelus at his residence in Les Combes.

The Wednesday general audiences of 15, 22 and 29 July are suspended.

Following his return from Valle d'Aosta, the Pope will go to the Pontifical Palace at Castelgandolfo.

Over the summer all private and special audiences will be suspended. General audiences will resume regularly from Wednesday 5 August.

On Sundays and feast days over the summer, the Holy Father will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.

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