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Pope Benedict turns 89

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on April 16. Vatican Radio reported that in his early morning homily, Pope Francis said, “I would like to remind you that today is Pope Benedict’s birthday.”

The pope said, “I have offered the Mass for him and I also invite you to pray for him, so that the Lord may sustain him and give him much joy and happiness.”

During the press conference on his return flight from Brazil in 2013, Pope Francis said that having his predecessor living next door was like having your grandfather in the house, a wise grandfather.

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