2. The nuns moved out on October, and they've been renovating it since
The nondescript, brown-walled building, had for the past eight years housed a group of nuns from around the world. But last October the sisters moved out and renovation and the construction of a new chapel began at the Mater Ecclesiae site— suggesting that someone in the Vatican may have already had an inkling that an important new tenant was moving in.
This was neither confirmed nor denied by the Holy See’s chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. He did say, however, that if the renovation went to plan, then Benedict would move in last next month with the title “Bishop of Rome”, after a temporary stay at the papal summerhouse at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.
The 450-square metre monastery, with its own grounds and 27 dedicated gardeners will provide the pope with a 500-square-metre organic vegetable garden on which he will grow oranges, lemons, pumpkin, tomatoes, courgettes and aubergines.
But Benedict will have plenty of help — much of his current retinue will move in with him, including his dedicated secretary, the handsome blond German monsignor, Georg Ganswein.