Vatican     POPE TAKES REST FOLLOWING EASTER DUTIES
His strength tested by a heavy Holy Week schedule, Pope John Paul II is giving himself two brief vacations between more public events involving thousands of pilgrims.
   The Pope travelled by helicopeter to the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome.
   With Holy Year pilgrims from all over the world in Rome, the pontiff will come back to the Vatican for a few hours today to keep up his tradition of public audiences on that day. Then it's back to the hills for more rest before returning on Friday.
   On Easter, the pope made a two-hour appearance in St Peter's Square after only a few hours rest following a Saturday night vigil service, also outdoors. On Friday evening, he led a procession at the Colosseum to commemorate the crucifixion.
   
AP
25/4/00

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