Pope Francis’ unused summer palace adds a museum

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Castelgandolfo, located 15 miles south of Rome, has been a summer palace for popes since 1624. Religion News Service photo by Francis X. Rocca.

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The Vatican has turned part of lavish Castelgondolfo - which the frugal Pope Francis has avoided - into a museum and linked it to Rome via a train.

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  • “Recalling a time when popes preferred pomp…”

    We should treat Science and History Teachers with such pomp and celebration! Not superstitious old dogmatists.

    May religion fade away like the red paint on the Palaces of the Aztec Shamans.
    Fearful cowering before invisible phantoms is unworthy of respect.

  • Bernardo

    They should now turn the Vatican into a museum to note it has outlived its usefulness.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    “From the unreal, lead me to the real. From darkness, lead me to light. From death, lead me to immortality”. Museums depict history and times past – nice places for reflection and for our onward march. Bon Voyage to all the visitors travelling to Castelgandolfo.

  • Betty Clermont

    The media don’t report that the papal quarters in the papal palace are Spartan (salon.com) and the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse, where Pope Francis lives, was built in 1996 to be “more comfortable and less strenuous for elderly cardinals.” (wikipedia) The cardinals had suffered from the summer heat in the palace (vaticaninsider.lastampa.it) which would explain why this pope doesn’t have to use his predecessors’ summer retreat, Castel Gandolfo.

  • Fran

    The popes still evidently love pomp, placing enphasis on material things, such as a lavish estate and museums, instead of spiritual matters (Matthew 6:19-21, 33).

    They should instead promote reading, studying, meditating on God’s Word, the Bible, and applying its wisdom, principles and commands in our everyday life.