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Children Help Pope Francis Mark 87th Birthday

Children Help Pope Francis Mark 87th Birthday
Pope Francis looks at children as they taste a cake he was offered to celebrate his birthday with children assisted by the Santa Marta dispensary during an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. (AP)

Sunday, 17 December 2023 07:25 AM EST

Pope Francis turned 87 on Sunday feted by children who helped him blow out a single candle on a white cake.

The children, from a Vatican-run pediatric clinic, sang for the pope and gave him a bouquet of sunflowers.

Later, at a traditional Christmas season event at his weekly address in St. Peter's Square he blessed tiny statues of the infant Jesus held up by children who will place them in their nativity scenes at home.

The dozens of children in the square shouted "Buon Compleanno," Italian for Happy Birthday, and held up signs with the same greeting.

Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Italian immigrant stock on Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires. Cardinals chose him as the first pope from Latin America on March 13, 2013.

On a post the platform X, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni sent greeting to the pope and thanked him for his "deep commitment to peace."

© 2024 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


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Pope Francis turned 87 on Sunday feted by children who helped him blow out a single candle on a white cake.The children, from a Vatican-run pediatric clinic, sang for the pope and gave him a bouquet of sunflowers.Later, at a traditional Christmas season event at his weekly...
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