Pope Shuns Palace Apartment

He opts for hotel room over 12-room papal dwelling

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 12:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pope Francis, much like his saintly namesake, is keeping things simple. He has shunned the fancy robes favored by his predecessor, and now he's broken with a tradition more than a century old by declining to move into the grand papal apartment in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Reuters reports. For now, he plans to stay in a simple two-room suite in the hotel-style Vatican building where he stayed during the papal conclave. The palace quarters he has declined have more than a dozen rooms, along with staff quarters and a terrace overlooking Rome.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis declined to move into the Bishop's Palace and lived in a simple apartment, often cooking his own meals, the BBC reports. His current quarters are in a communal building shared by priests, where he eats his meals in a communal dining room. "I can't make long-term predictions, but for now it seems he is experimenting with this type of simple co-habitation," a Vatican spokesman says. "It is still a period of getting used to things, of experimentation. Certainly in this phase he has expressed the desire to stay where he is."

This photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano shows the study in the suite where Francis is living.   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
This pohoto provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano shows the bedroom of the suite at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel where Pope Francis is living .   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, file ho)
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