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The Holy Father has also so far declined to move to more isolated quarters in the Vatican’s apostolic palace, or the papal summer residence of Castel Gandalfo.

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, 3/25/20

VATICAN CITY — As much of the world enters a period of quarantine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the elderly are especially advised to isolate and avoid social contact, concerns are growing that Pope Francis is opening himself up to contracting the disease.

According to authoritative sources, the Holy Father has let it be known that he wishes to remain at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta guesthouse behind the Paul VI Hall, despite recommendations that he move to the more isolated apostolic palace, or the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo in the Albano hills 20 miles south of Rome.

Either location would provide the Holy Father with greater seclusion than his current residence of Casa Santa Marta and so lessen the risk of him contracting the coronavirus, or unwittingly passing it on to others.

More of a guesthouse than a residence with its frequent visitors passing through, Casa Santa Marta was chosen by Francis as his residence after his election in 2013 because it brought him into contact with people. “I cannot live alone,” he said at the time. “I must live my life with others.”  ….

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