• Pope Francis returns to Rome grateful for spiritual retreat

    Pope Francis returns to Rome grateful for spiritual retreat

    • Mar 10, 2017

    After a weeklong retreat in Ariccia with members of the Curia for their annual Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis returned to the Vatican with words of gratitude for Franciscan priest Giulio Michelini, who led the meditations. He thanked the priest for being “natural” during the preaching, sharing himself “without artifice.”