VATICAN CITY — In light of Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the Holy Father is doing nothing special to celebrate other than to pray, as he is currently in the middle of his Lenten retreat.
“Today the Pope is not doing anything special or different from other days. He is praying,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters in a March 13 statement.
Father Lombardi’s comment came in the wake of numerous phone calls and emails he had received from journalists inquiring about the Holy Father’s plans for the day of his anniversary.
Having left Rome on Sunday afternoon with members of the Curia to spend their annual Lenten retreat in...READ MORE