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Pope to stay in Castel Gandolfo summer home after resigning

'Will move to Vatican monastery once renovations complete'

Pope to stay in Castel Gandolfo summer home after resigning

Vatican City, February 12 - Pope Benedict XVI will stay at the pontifical summer residence at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome before moving into a Vatican monastery after he has officially stepped down, the Church has announced. "When renovation work on the monastery of cloistered nuns inside the Vatican is complete, the Holy Father will move there for a period of prayer and reflection," said Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi. Benedict, 85, announced Monday he would resign at the end of the month due to his age, becoming the first pontiff in roughly six centuries to step down from the lifetime term. The lakeside residence is equipped with a swimming pool that was used for physiotherapy treatments during his predecessor John Paul II's bout with Parkinson's. (photo: the pope at Castel Gandolfo)

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