The Papal apartments too big for one person?
Not that it's terribly a surprise, but now it's official – Pope Francis has chosen not to live in the Papal Apartment of the Apostolic Palace, opting instead to remain in the simpler, more communitarian atmosphere of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican "hotel."
Less than two weeks since the pontiff's election, the latest move in Papa Bergoglio's Vatican "revolution" was announced by the Holy See's lead spokesman, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, confirming a report in today's La Nación, the Argentine daily of record. Francis himself spoke of the decision at today's morning Mass in the Domus chapel – which, continuing his now-daily custom, was celebrated with guests: in today's case, the permanent community in residence at the Domus.
Having reportedly remarked that the official living quarters "can fit 300 people" on his first tour of it (above), the Pope will continue to use the suite on the Palace's top floor as an office where he'll receive official visitors and handle other daytime work. - Whispers in the Loggia
And I thought Cardinal Dolan would have degraded the papacy if he had been elected. LOL!
I don't really care where the Holy Father chooses to live - he obviously takes St. Paul's admonition to "associate with the lowly" seriously, so God bless him.
He really is very much a parish priest... with a decided Vatican II je ne sais quoi. Non?
Religious men and women who profess poverty must be scrambling to explain themselves...
News link here.