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For 91st Birthday, Benedict XVI Has Familiar & Quiet Celebration With Brother & Music in the Vatican

Pope Francis Celebrated Morning Mass for Benedict XVI

Happy Birthday 91st Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI! On Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927, baby Joseph Ratzinger was born in the Bavarian village of Marktl-an-Inn.

According to a note from the Holy See Press Office, Benedict XVI celebrated his 91st birthday today with his brother Georg “in a quiet and familiar atmosphere.” In the evening, it said, the music band of the Pontifical Swiss Guard will play some pieces at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in honor of Pope Emeritus.

Early this morning, the note added, Pope Francis offered Holy Mass for Benedict XVI and later sent him his personal best wishes.

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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