This photograph, taken March 9, shows the bedroom in the residence where Pope Francis has stayed since his election at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Putting an end to much speculation, the Vatican spokesman
confirmed today that Pope Francis will continue to reside at the Vatican
guesthouse for the foreseeable future and not move into the papal apartments on
the third floor the Apostolic Palace. Francis will, however, use the library
within the papal apartments for meetings and other official business, and will
recite the Angelus on Sundays from the window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal
apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican
guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected
him, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.
"He is experimenting with this type of living
arrangement, which is simple," but allows him "to live in community
with others," both the permanent residents -- priests and bishops who work
at the Vatican -- as well as guests coming to the Vatican for meetings and
conferences, Father Lombardi said March 26.
The spokesman said Pope Francis has moved out of
the room he drew by lot before the conclave and into Suite 201, a room that has
slightly more elegant furnishings and a larger living room where he can receive
The Domus Sanctae Marthae, the official name of
the guesthouse, was built in 1996 specifically to house cardinals during a
According to CNS, Francis will be the first pope in more
than 100 years to not reside in the Apostolic Palace. The report also includes
details about the Holy Father’s current residence:
The Domus Sanctae Marthae, named after St. Martha, is a
five-story building on the edge of Vatican City.
While offering relative comfort, the residence is
not a luxury hotel. The building has 105 two-room suites and 26 singles; about
half of the rooms are occupied by the permanent residents. Each suite has a
sitting room with a desk, three chairs, a cabinet and large closet; a bedroom
with dresser, night table and clothes stand; and a private bathroom with a
The rooms all have telephones and access to an
international satellite television system.
The building also has a large meeting room and a
variety of small sitting rooms. In addition to the dining room and the main
chapel, it also has four private chapels, located at the end of hallways on the
third and fifth floors of each of the building's two wings.