Our Holy Father Pope Francis has yet to take residence in the papal apartments known as the “Apostolic Palace” in the Vatican. If you’ve been to Rome, and you’re facing the facade of Saint Peter’s basilica, it would be to your right (to the north). Please see the photo above.
One of the important features of the papal apartment is the window from which the Pope appears every Wednesday for the Angelus, a message, and the blessing of items. There is also some speculation that Pope Francis may be moving his residence to the traditional cathedral of Rome – Saint John Lateran. This would conform to the Holy Father’s identity as the Bishop of Rome since Saint John Lateran, not Saint Peter’s Basilica is the true cathedral of the city.
Now it’s your turn: What do you think? Would it be good for the Pope to insulate himself from the Apostolic Palace? Does the presence of the Pope at the Vatican provide checks and balances against a Curia that may need a little reining in? Please share a comment below.
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