Even a Pope takes a vacation
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A relaxing walk in the Dolomites
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Cooling off: Pope Benedict XVI on holiday in Italy’s Aosta Valley outside Les Combes on July 17, 2006.
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Benedict XVI was frequently drawn to the mountains when he went on vacation.
Some time to play the piano at last.
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Benedict XVI with his brother Georg Ratzinger (left) and his secretary Georg Gänswein (right) on July 31, 2008 while on holiday in Bressanone (Brixen).
Even when he was on vacation, Benedict XVI sought out contact with people.
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In the summer of 2009, Benedict broke his wrist while on vacation in the Aosta Valley near Les Combes.
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A heartfelt farewell from the staff at the hospital in Aosta, Italy on June 17, 2009 after Benedict was operated on there for a broken wrist.
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A Pope’s life is never really private, even on vacation. Pope Benedict XVI while on holiday in Alta Badia.
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Praying the Rosary with his private secretary Georg Gänswein.
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How many dogs ever get to be pet by the Pope? A lucky day for this St. Bernard in Switzerland.
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While it does indeed look like a vacation, this photo was taken during a pastoral visit in Venice on May 8, 2011.
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No work on vacation? Inconceivable! Pope Benedict XVI works at his desk during his stay at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.