Pope Francis continues to follow the example of his chosen namesake, declining the imperial trappings of the papacy in favor of a simpler lifestyle
L'Osservatore Romano / AP / File
Pope Francis wants to stay in a simple Vatican residence instead of moving into the spacious and regal papal apartments, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is still living in the Domus Santa Marthae, a modern hotel-style residence inside the Vatican City where he stayed during the conclave that elected him on March 13.
Although the palatial papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace are ready — including more than a dozen luxurious rooms as well as quarters for staff and a terrace — he shows no desire to move in any time soon, said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
In the past few days, Francis has moved out of a single room in the guesthouse, which has some 130 rooms for visitors to the Vatican, into a 2-room unit so he could have more space to work and to receive people, Lombardi said.