Pope's house ready, but he's staying in hotel

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The renovations on the papal apartment are finished, but Pope Francis has decided to stay put in the Vatican hotel for the time being.

The Vatican said Francis, who has long shunned fancy digs, told staff and guests of the Domus Sanctae Martae on Tuesday that he had no plans to move out any time soon. The occasion was the 7 a.m. Mass that Francis has celebrated each morning in the hotel chapel since his election March 13.

Francis has invited groups of guests to the daily Mass, including Vatican gardeners, street-sweepers, hotel workers and staff of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says it's not clear how long the "experiment" of hotel living will last but that Francis has at least moved into the papal suite.

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