CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis is giving up the historic summer residence where pontiffs have holidayed for nearly 400 years.
Pope Francis is shunning the expansive papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, for the third time since 2013.
Pope Francis "strongly desired that [the villas] be opened as a sign of sharing something unique, a common good."
Wearing new clerical suits, the 62 new students at the Pontifical North American College received a personal greeting from Pope Benedict XVI, to which they responded in song.
"Dear seminarians, use your time in Rome to conform yourselves more completely to Christ," the pope told the young men Aug. 26 after reciting the Angelus with them and hundreds of other visitors in the courtyard of the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo.