Pope Francis to stay in Vatican guest house

Pope Francis to stay in Vatican guest house

Word comes from the Vatican today that, as speculated here last week, Pope Francis is opting to stay in the Vatican guest house rather than moving into the papal apartment  in the Apostolic Palace -- at least for now.

The reasons seem clear: Francis likes simplicity, and his quarters at the Domus Sanctae Marthae are much more simple than the 10-room apartment on the other side of St. Peter's Square. He also likes being with people, and at the Domus he's been much less cut off than in the Apostolic Palace. He celebrates Mass with groups every morning, shares meals with other guests in the dining room and sometimes goes outside to walk.

This means the new pope will be "commuting" through the Vatican Gardens to his office area in the Apostolic Palace, where he generally meets with aides and visiting guests. But that's the way he wants it, and it's his decision -- after all, he is pope.

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn wrote:
This man is all about change and transformation. Amen!

Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 8:19 AM

2. claire wrote:
I found Pope Francis such a model of behavior... I didn't think that I would ever fall in loving admiration for a Pope... Wow wow wow...

Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 8:44 AM

3. Yae wrote:
As long as he is safe and happy, then I support him. A unhappy pope makes for a bad one (in my opinion) and I want him to be happy sharing Christ with all, everyday of his life. He radiates that joy and it inspires people. It has me and I am asking Jesus to grant me that gift of joy so as to bring him to others.
I have been wondering if he is not waiting for Papa Benedict to move to the monastery at the end of April before he decides where to really live? Perhaps wishful thinking on my part but if he remains where he is, he might have a better chance to pay Papa Benedict a visit every now and then, who knows?
Anyway, I hope he does not get too much flack from the critics in the Church and outside the Church for such a "new and bold move."

Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 2:19 PM

4. Steve P wrote:
Does anyone else hear echoes in these early days of John Paul I - both in style and substance? For me, it's uncanny.

Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 6:38 PM

5. Brendan Kelleher svd wrote:
Maybe Benedict might reconsider his decision to move into the convent, and stay out at Castel Gandolfo. I'm sure Pope Francis would have no problems with that. He doesn't seem to be the sort of Pope who needs a summer residence.

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 3:56 AM

6. Gladius wrote:
If Pope Francis can get rid of the Vatican Bank, the main obstacle to the Church's moral restoration will be out of the way.

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 5:50 AM

7. Paul wrote:
From the point of view of a healthy mind, it's an excellent approach: giving someone vast amounts of power (even if much of that power is influence rather than direct) and putting them in a gilded cage is a good recipe for disaster - especially for someone who takes pleasure from being surrounded by people. Happy pope = Good pope.

From the point of view of low politics, it's also a good move. If, as has been conjectured, His Holiness is planning to take a scrubbing brush to the Curia, then surrounding himself with an ever-changing community of ordinary clerics who are either working in or visiting the Vatican, means that he cannot easily be isolated.

I have also noted the similarities between the present pope and JPI, and while I do not give credence to the conspiracy theories that surround his death, there are several reliable sources which suggest that his pontificate was effectively neutralised by drowning him in paperwork and restricting the flow of information to him. By living in a place where he can casually stop a curial functionary or a visiting priest in the corridor and ask him his point of view, Pope Francis will have a good way to check the accuracy and depth of the information he receives through "official" channels.

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 6:17 AM

8. Fr. John Higgins wrote:
I've seen both residences. The Papal apartment is not a palace of luxury, but it is isolated. I like the support for Pope Francis' decision because it is his decision. If it were me I think I'd want the same thing. I like being around people. At the same time, he has the Vatican Gardens and other places he can go for solitude and prayer when he needs that, and I'm sure he will.

But just a little example... Given the choice of having a meal with others or in a dining room (no matter how simple), I'll take a meal with others ANY DAY. And it may come to pass that he will make good friends with the clergy who live in the same building as he and be a much more joyful and happy Pope.

I will echo what someone else, here, said and add something: "A joyful Pope leads a Joyful Church".

This seems like a good balance for Pope Francis!

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

9. wrote:
Pope Francis voice and choices resonates well into the hearts of those who have found Jesus alive in their hearts! Thank you Lord for sending your shepherd in our midst.

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

10. Kelly wrote:
I'm not sure how open Joe Schmo priest is going to be with the Holy Father but what an incredible way to get information about the goings on in the Vatican. All indications from Buenos Aires suggest that Bergoglio was a pretty effective administrator with a very hands on approach. So it is interesting to see how much of what is going on is personal and how much is connected with a larger strategic vision.

Also, allowing Benedict to stay at Castel Gandolfo is a good way to end the two pope problem, especially when Francis really starts cleaning out the Curi

Wed, March 27, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

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