A look at Benedict XVI's first days in Castel Gandolfo
VATICAN CITY – Calm and serene.
These are the words to describe the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s first days at Castel Gandolfo.
Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi said Benedict XVI had watched several news programs and expressed his gratitude for the work of journalists.
He also thanked the people who assisted him in his departure from the Vatican and his arrival at Castel Gandolfo.
The pope also spent time listening to music, reading and praying.
On Friday, he celebrated mass and prayed the liturgy of the hours.
The Pope Emeritus also enjoyed brief walks at the beautiful garden of Castel Gandolfo.
He is expected to do a lot of walking and reading. He brought with him various books on theology, history, and spirituality.
With the pope seat vacant, Vatican City has now issued four stamps to be used for postage.
The stamps will only be available during the Sede Vacante, and will cease circulation when a new pope is elected.
A 2-euro coin will also be issued to commemorate the Sede Vacante.
Filipinos in Rome have also prepared a special gift for the Pope Emeritus: a book with personal messages and dedication.
Through the book, Filipinos in Rome would like to extend their deepest appreciation of the Pope's service as the leader of the Catholic Church for almost 8 years.