(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said he “imagines that even the Pope has some desire to escape out of the Vatican” during an interview on the Italian television programme La Strada dei Miracoli [“The Road of Miracles”] that was scheduled to be aired on Tuesday evening.
He gave the example of a recent trip to an optician near Rome’s famous Spanish Steps to get his lenses replaced for his glasses. However, Cardinal Parolin said the Holy Father’s sojourns outside the Vatican Walls are “mostly for work.”
During the interview, the Cardinal said the Pope has always enjoyed a “truly great freedom,” even if “it has had to be adapted a little to life in the Curia.”
“Even the fact of his moving into the Casa Santa Marta, where he finds himself most at ease, has obviously helped him feel at home,” Cardinal Parolin said.
“From what I can see, the Pope seems to be doing very well,” he said.