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Pope Francis arrives in Arricia for a Lenten spiritual retreat

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:00

March 10 - Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia travel to Arricia for Lenten spiritual retreat held outside the Vatican for the first time in decades. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia left the Vatican on Sunday for a spiritual retreat in the town of Arricia, Italy. It is the first time in decades that the Pope's Lenten retreat is being held outside the Vatican. As the one-year anniversary of his papacy draws near, it is just one more example of how Pope Francis is changing age-old conventions. The complex is located 25 kilometers outside the city-state in the forest of the hills overlooking Lake Albano. He is staying in a simply furnished room, exactly the same as the other attendees. The week-long retreat will include daily meditations. Francis, the first Jesuit pope, is carrying on a tradition of his religious order to hold spiritual retreat away from people's usual place of work in order to inspire detachment and contemplation.

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Pope Francis arrives in Arricia for a Lenten spiritual retreat

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:00