Francis Wishes Benedict XVI a Happy 87th Birthday

Pope Emeritus Marking His Birthday With Prayer, Especially as It Falls During Holy Week

Today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received a call from Pope Francis sending him birthday wishes. Francis assured his predecessor that he prayed for him in a special way in his celebration of Mass this morning.

The director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that since this is Holy Week, Benedict XVI wanted to spend his birthday in his usual, preferred atmosphere of meditation and prayer, rather than having any particular form of celebration.

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