October 28, 2013

"As a good Jesuit," Pope Francis knows it is best not to try to make a retreat where one lives and works, so he has decided the annual papal Lenten retreat with Roman Curia officials will be held outside Rome, a Vatican spokesman said.

The annual retreat will take place March 9-14 at the Pauline Fathers' retreat and conference centre in Ariccia, a town about 30 km southeast of Rome, said Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Vatican press office.