John Paul to Take First Full-Scale Vacation
VATICAN CITY (AP) _ For the first time in his nearly nine-year-old papacy, Pope John Paul II will take a full vacation, spending a week in the Dolomite Alps in northeastern Italy, the Vatican announced Tuesday.
Deputy Vatican spokesman Monsignor Giulio Nicolini said the pontiff will leave Rome Wednesday for Lorenzago di Cadore, about 90 miles north of Venice. He will stay in a simple, two-story house normally used by seminarians on retreat, Nicolini said.
John Paul, an avid skier, has taken at least two overnight skiing trips in Italy, but the trip to the Dolomites will be his first full-scale vacation since he became pope in 1978.
During the summer, the pope moves his office to Castel Gandolfo, in the Alban hills south of Rome, for up to three months.