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Friday, April 16, 2010
83rd Birthday of Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2010 ( Benedict XVI turned 83 today, spending his birthday with normal activities punctuated by numerous congratulatory messages from around the world.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano sent the Pope a message expressing his "deep esteem for your elevated magisterium."

In the Vatican, the Holy Father doesn't celebrate his birthday, but rather his name day, the feast of St. Joseph.

Image Source: Pope Benedict XVI says Holy Mass at the Granaries in Floriana in Valletta April 18, 2010. (Reuters)


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