CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy:- Private rooms at the pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo will open to the public from Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, who has never holidayed there in more than three years as pontiff. The Argentine has refused the traditional trappings of the papacy from the start, declining to move into the sumptuous papal apartment in the Vatican and plumping instead to live in a hotel inside the tiny city state.–AFP

 Francis’s decision will allow visitors access to the bedroom where more than 15 popes have slept over the centuries, furnished with a gilded bed and two bedside tables in wood and marble.  The bed has also served another purpose - during the Second World War, when the 55-hectare (135-acre) residence was opened to refugees, some 40 children were born there.