Castel Gandolfo

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Pope makes official exit, leaving vacuum

1 March 2013 | 1:27 am CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Benedict XVI left the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo Thursday as he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, capping a tearful day of farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican

1 March 2013 | 1:24 am Benedict XVI meets with cardinals before flying to Castel Gandolfo, where he becomes pope emeritus. The cardinals will meet to choose a date for their conclave. VATICAN CITY The Swiss Guards vanished into the palace to change out of their colorful garb, their responsibility to protect the pope over for the moment. The papal apartment in the Vatican was sealed. Pope Benedict XVI's retirement …,0,7168743.story?track=rss

Now a 'simple pilgrim,' Benedict resigns papacy

1 March 2013 | 12:58 am CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI's papacy and the start of his final journey as a "simple pilgrim."

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Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus :: Catholic …

28 February 2013 | 7:41 pm With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the gates of the former pontiff's temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo. A crowd of Catholic faithful gathered

Benedict XVI arrives to Castel Gandolfo, where he will retire …

28 February 2013 | 4:47 pm February 28, 2013. ( (-ONLY VIDEO-) In his last hours as Pope, Benedict XVI arrived to the Italian province of Castel Gandolfo. The Pope was greeted by local authorities who welcomed him to his temporary

Pope tells crowds at Castel Gandolfo: 'I am no longer pope, I am a …

28 February 2013 | 4:42 pm Pope tells crowds at Castel Gandolfo: 'I am no longer pope, I am a pilgrim starting the last part of his pilgrimage on Earth' – broadcast.

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1962 Press Photo Photo of The Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo

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ITALY Castel Gandolfo – Facade of the Palazzo Pontificio. Real photo postcard.

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    • Curator says:

      Who gave you this info? There are about equal numbers of both faiths – 30 % each! The north of the country is largely protestant while the south is pretty firm catholic.

      As far as Mr. Ratzinger goes – I believe he’ll retire to Castel Gandolfo – the papal summer residence to escape the heat of Rome (that’s before they had A/C); now it’s just a lovely place to stay.

  • David says:

    Catholicism Ironically Evil? I don’t understand why a belief system essentially based on hate is allowed in a modern society which claims to be politically correct, and allows all creeds to live equally?

    They preach homophobia, antisemitism, Sexism. They are opposed to contraception and freedom of speech. They cause wars like the crusades; they have delayed the course of scientific knowledge, and the extremists continue to cause harm.

    People do not need a religion to do good, and Catholicism just allows terrorists like the IRA to justify their actions through god.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any counter arguments: I don’t want to hate catholics (they are often genuinely nice people,) but it’s hard not to when they believe that a woman is not equal to man, a man is sinful if he likes men, and ethnic minorities are inferior. :/

    • Curator says:

      There’s so much ignorance and bigotry ijn this question, that I will focus in just one point:


      We could stay hours talking about this, with theological arguments, but let’s go to the ones tghat can say if Catholics are anti semite…The Jews:


      By Rabbi David Dalin

      QUESTION : What did Pope Pacelli do for the Jews?

      Rabbi Dalin: We have much documentation, which shows that in no way did he remain silent. What is more, he spoke out loudly against Hitler and almost everyone saw him as an opponent of the Nazi regime. During the German occupation of Rome, Pius XII secretly instructed the Catholic clergy to use all means to save as many human lives as possible.

      In this way, he saved thousands of Italian Jews from deportation. While 80% of European Jews died in those years, 80% of Italian Jews were saved. In Rome alone, 155 convents and monasteries gave refuge to some 5,000 Jews. At any given moment, at least 3,000 were saved in the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo, being freed from deportation to German concentration camps.

      Today there is a new generation of journalists and experts determined to discredit the documented efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews during the Holocaust. This generation is inspired by Rolf Hochhuth’s play “The Vicar,” which has no historical value, but levels controversial accusations against this Pope. However, Eugenio Pacelli’s detractors ignore or neglect Pinches Lapide’s enlightening study.

      [Lapide] was consul general of Israel in Milan and met with many Italian Jews who survived the Holocaust. In his work, Lapide documents how Pius XII worked for the salvation of at least 700,000 from the hands of the Nazis. However, according to another estimate, this figure rises to 860,000.


      “Only the Catholic Church protested against the Hitlerian onslaught on liberty. Up till then I had not been interested in the Church, but today I feel a great admiration for the Church, which alone has had the courage to struggle for spiritual truth and moral liberty”

      ― Albert Einstein (Jewish)


      Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, CBE (28 February 1898 – 30 October 1963) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and senior official of the Roman Curia. During World War II, he was responsible for saving 6,500 Allied soldiers and Jews. Due to his ability to evade the traps set by the German Gestapo and Sicherheitsdienst, Monsignor O’Flaherty earned the nickname “the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican”

      O’Flaherty did not wait for permission from his superiors. He recruited the help of other priests (including two young New Zealanders Fathers Owen Snedden and John Flanagan), two agents working for the Free French, François de Vial and Yves Debroise, and even Communists and a Swiss count. One of his aides was British Major Sam Derry, an escaped POW. Derry along with British Officers and escaped POWs Lieutenants Furman and Simpson and Canadian Captain Byrnes were responsible for the security and operational organisation. O’Flaherty also kept contact with Sir D’Arcy Osborne, British Ambassador to the Vatican and his butler John May, whom O’Flaherty described as “a genius…the most magnificent scrounger.”. O’Flaherty and his allies concealed 4,000 escapees − Allied soldiers and Jews − in flats, farms and convents. One of the first hideouts was beside the local SS headquarters. O’Flaherty and Derry coordinated all this. When he was visiting outside the Vatican, he wore various disguises.

      The German occupiers of Rome tried to stop him and eventually they found out that the leader of the network was a priest. SS attempts to assassinate him failed. They learned his identity, but could not arrest him inside the Vatican. When the German ambassador revealed this to O’Flaherty, he began to meet his contacts on the stairs of the St. Peter’s Basilica.

      Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler, the head of the SS Sicherheitsdienst and Gestapo in Rome learned of O’Flaherty’s actions; he ordered a white line painted on the pavement at the opening of St. Peter’s Square (signifying the border between Vatican City and Italy), stating that O’Flaherty would be killed if he crossed it. Ludwig Koch, the head of the neo-Fascist Italian police in Rome often spoke of his intention to torture O’Flaherty before executing him, if O’Flaherty ever fell into his hands.


      Please, read before you speak, stupidity is not a sin, but spreading ignorance is,

  • Gorillo2 says:

    Today The Pope Have Revealed The “Mark Of The Devil”, The Discussion Of Today Was “Judas And The Zealots”? The Pope say this today : “Always be sincere with Jesus and all.” Do not follow the example of Judas, whose greatest fault was falsehood, which is “which is the mark of the devil.” Following the roadmap in today’s Gospel, Benedict XVI commented on the reaction of the disciples to Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue in Capernaum. To the faithful gathered in the courtyard of Castel Gandolfo to pray the Angelus, the Pope pointed out that many preferred to leave the Master, finding his words incomprehensible: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven, He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever.” There was, therefore, an act of trust and surrender to the Son of God, who shortly thereafter would give “Himself …

    1)Zealotry was originally a political movement in 1st century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Iudaea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the Great Jewish Revolt (66-70). Zealotry was described by Josephus as one of the “four sects” at this time. The zealots have been described as one of the first examples of the use of terrorism.

    2)The term “zealot”, in Hebrew kanai (קנאי, frequently used in plural form, קנאים (kana’im)), means one who is zealous on behalf of God. The term derives from Greek ζηλωτής (zelotes), “emulator, zealous admirer or follower”.

    3)The Target of the Zealots was the Politic indipendence of the Reign of Israel.

    4)One particularly extreme group of Zealots was also known in Latin as sicarii, meaning “violent men” or “dagger men” (sing. sicarius, possibly a morphological reanalysis), because of their policy of killing Jews opposed to their call for war against Rome. Probably many Zealots were sicarii simultaneously

    5)Judas Iscariot was a Zealot.
    The question is that for me the Sionist are the modern Zealots,..and for you?

  • Greetings says:

    Holiday In Early January? My boyfriend and I wanted to go away together to somewhere romantic/beautiful in early January. We were thinking Italy. Do you guys know of anywhere beautiful? We’ve never been to Rome or Venice, but do you know of anywhere else that could be nice? Or even somewhere not in Italy (excluding Paris).

    Thank you

    • Curator says:

      For me that live in rome venice is better because it’s the place in which my husband asked me to marry him but objectively Rome is very romantic above all in the night.
      If you want something of very romantic i advice you near Rome and near Castel Gandolfo lake, because they can organize a dinner only for you, and they can advice you the most romantic places in rome or in near cities.

  • Is Denying There Are Deniers Not A Futile Exercise: Would It Be Best To Take On Their Arguments Publicly? It is my observation that those that deny the Holocaust are always pushed aside, hidden, labelled, shunned or excommunicated from academia. But isn’t that just denying that there are deniers? They may be out of sight, but they still exist, they’ve simply gone underground.

    Would it not be a better exercise to deal publicly with them? Say, have a show on TV called “Holocaust: the Historians vs the Revisionists/deniers”, and on that show deal with the arguments made by the revisionists. The show would need to be of the highest quality and controlled to achieve parity. Then perhaps the Historians could produce a documentary refuting the Revisionists with positive arguments. And they could repeat this every week, until that public DOUBT and public gullibility are rendered mute. Why not do something that makes everyone happy?
    I think people should know their history and be able to defend that history with logic and knowledge.
    I think each side deserves respect, if that is truly what they believe, they should be given the chance to make their case. And the historians can then enlighten us about why that just ain’t so. Mutual respect, PEACE!

    Why not do something that makes everyone happy?

    • Curator says:

      You can do the same for many other things and it’s been done but to what effect?
      Forced marraige, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddihism, Atheism, nuclear bombs, GM crops, aircraft contributions to global warming, whether global warming is real and if so is it man-made, false scientific reports as in the climate fiasco a few years ago, government linkages with press moguls, you’ll never get rid of public doubt because there will always be enough fuel for the fire. and enough supporters and deniers to keep the arguments alive.
      There is still a Flat Earth Society and there are still believers in tea leaves and planetary influences.There are still people who cannot see reality if it stares them in the face and they don’t want to.
      Aristotle’s view of the world was adopted by the Catholic Church and anyone who refused to believe it was then guilty of heresy, putting Aristotle on a par with Old Testament prophets and New Testament disciples in religious significance.
      Brno was burnt at the stake for not believing it. Galileo recanted. Now the website of the Vatican Observatory which has world class telescopes and engages in primary astronomical research, says it is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world.
      What, before Galileo?, because plenty of other people did what Galileo did. He was rather late getting into it actually.
      In England there were Moon maps made with a telescope before Galileo got a telescope. He was certainly not the first to turn a telescope to the sky.
      Vatican observatory old?
      Oh ha..ha..ha.
      Deniers at the very core of it all despite a public apology issued over 300 years too late concerning Galileo.
      Now they project a different image, as if they were believers in real astronomy all along.
      Reek of anything? Like deniers of more modern events?
      You’ll never get rid of it. The world will always have enough idiots to deny the obvious.
      Who needs reality when there are people instead.

      Oh well, get some nice deniers going. I always liked the 15 variety.
      15 denier looks very nice thank you.;_ylt=A0PDodqrg9JPvXYAz99NBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?×500.jpg&

      Edit….Oh yes, that observatory at Castel Gandolfo where the popes already had a summer residence when Galileo was alive.
      Err….obsevatory? Didn’t tell Galileo did they. I wonder why….what observatory?

  • A says:

    What Are Great Places To See And Eat In Italy? Any Suggestions On Globus Italian Treasures Tour? In a week I will be going on the Globus Italian treasures tour. The tour goes through Rome, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Venice, and Assisi. Does anyone have any suggestions about this Globus tour or any of the optional tours they offer?

    Does anyone have any suggestions about things to see or places to eat in each of these cities?


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