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Pope Francis Takes The Bus To Spiritual Retreat

Pope Francis alights from a bus with other cardinals and bishops for a retreat in Ariccia
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Pontiff dumps the Popemobile in favor of a more humble mode of transport

Pope Francis left the Popemobile at home on Sunday to travel by bus to a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops.

The Pope is about to celebrate his one year anniversary, and will ring in the occasion on a Lenten retreat with the Roman Curia–the administrative branch of the Catholic Church. This year’s retreat is being held in the town of Ariccia, which is located in the hills of southern Rome. This is the first time in decades that the Pope’s Lenten retreat is held outside of Rome.

When asked about the Pope’s decision to take a bus, Vatican official Monsignor Mario Toso told the Associated Press that the choice of transportation “is something nice. It is the proof of the family, the caravan of God, serving humanity.”


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