As I mentioned yesterday, the Holy Father is on retreat this week, along with various curial officials (cardinals, bishops, priests). Here is a photo that was released showing him seated amidst the crowd at one of the first retreat meditations:
The retreat has historically been held in the Apostolic Palace. However, the problem was, not everyone treated it like a retreat: maybe they went to the meditations, but then they went back to work afterwards (some of them). So Pope Francis decided to hold it someplace else. They are in a retreat center south of Rome, in the area called the “Castelli Romani”, not far from the Papal Villa of Castel Gandolfo.
Here is a 1-minute video (in Italian) with images of the Holy Father’s arrival in bus to the retreat center, along with some shots of their prayer in the chapel there:
Pray that the Pope and those with him have a holy and fruitful Lenten retreat!