Pope John Paul II is set to depart for his summer vacation in a specially modified house in the Italian Alps.
    While it is his eighth summer vacation in the area, this year he will stay in a different house near the stone chalet on a Salesian-owned property in which he has spent past vacations. An lift has been fitted in the two-story house to avoid the difficulty of the ailing pontiff having to negotiate stairs.
    The house is on a plain with views to Mont Blanc and Monta Rosa. It is expected that the Pope will walk in the mountains and speak to other bushwalkers as usual. His only public appointments will be recitation of the Angelus on Sundays.
    He will also spend time praying, reading, in conversation with lifelong friends, and writing documents.
    Given Jubilee commitments, this year's vacation will be shorter than usual. He will arrive at nearby Aosta Airport on Monday morning. He will spend 12 days in the Alps before passing the rest of the summer at his Castelgandolfo residence outside Rome.
    Zenit (available soon)
7 July 00

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