We announced previously that there would be no Wednesday Public Public audiences in July but that is now extended through the month of August. Nevertheless, Pope Francis will be busy.
On Monday July 8th he will travel to the island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily. It is to this island that many refugees from north Africa (only about 90 miles away) flee and often die in the attempt. Those who do survive the trip then are held in temporary quarters which are filled beyond capacity and this naturally places a strain on local facilities. Recently some 10 immigrants drowned trying to reach the island. On this trip Pope Francis will be dropping a ceremonial wreath in the waters off the coast in memory of all who lost their lives on this perilous journey through the years.
Plans were previously announced for him to travel to Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, July 14th to lead the Angelus. Normally the public attends the Angelus when the Pope says it, either in Rome or Castel Gandolfo. However, we are trying to confirm that this is still on his schedule. Also, we’ve heard that Pope Francis will be in Castel Gondolfo, as previous popes have, for the Feast of the Assumption (August 15), but are still trying to verify that. If you have any information please let us know.
He will travel to World Youth Day in Rio from July 21st through July 30th.
So if you had planned to see Pope Francis in Rome this summer we think you will probably be disappointed. We don’t expect the weekly Papal audiences to begin before September.