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A "sombrero" for the Pope's 79th birthday

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Happy 79th Birthday, Pope Francis!

Around World, Holy Father Given Birthday Wishes via #HappyBirthdayPopeFrancis; In Vatican, Given Sombrero-shaped Birthday Cake and Songs

Pope Francis has turned 79 today and many can’t wait to wish him Happy Birthday!

On social media, Twitter is using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayPopeFrancis, Facebook is full of posts, and even on LinkedIn, word has spread.

During the General Audience yesterday, the faithful in St. Peter’s Square sang birthday wishes for the Pope, and Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki gave him a birthday cake, in the shape of a sombrero.  

Teddy Reno, a 90-year-old Italian singer, wrote a song for Pope Francis’ day, which he sang for the Pontiff.

This morning, the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, also sent the Pope birthday wishes. (D.C.L.)

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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