VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a “staycation.”

With the exception of a July 21 meeting with a group of mayors from around the world and the Sunday recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis’ schedule was cleared of meetings, audiences and public appearances July 13-Aug. 4.

August is the heart of vacation time in Italy and at the Vatican, so the pope’s schedule will continue to be lighter than normal, but he will resume holding his weekly general audiences Aug. 5.

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