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John Paul II's Alpine vacation home catches fire

Minor damage to chalet in northern Italy

09 January, 16:09
John Paul II's Alpine vacation home catches fire

(ANSA) - Aosta, January 9 - A chalet in the Italian Alps frequented until recently by the popes caught fire Thursday, suffering minor damage before firefighters put out the blaze stemming from the chimney flue. From 1989 to 2000 the home in Les Combes di Introd was a regular destination for Pope John Paul II. After that John Paul and his successor Benedict XVI spent their summer vacations in another nearby chalet owned by the Salesian order. In December the mayor of Introd invited Pope Francis to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors.

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