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JUL 14, 2013 - Boston Herald

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Pope spends day in hill town, jokes with residents

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Abandoning the traditional Sunday greeting to crowds in St. Peter's Square for a day, Pope Francis opted for an informal front-door encounter with residents in a hill town outside Rome that hosts the papal summer palace.Unlike his predecessors, Francis isn't spending the summer at the Vatican residence in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town about a 30-minute drive to the Alban Hills southeast of Rome. Instead, he came for the day, escaping the stifling humid weather in the Italian capital for a few hours.

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