CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Pope Benedict peacefully celebrates 91st birthday

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday on April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.
 
Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for his predecessor and sent his personal best wishes to the retired pope, who lives on the other side of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Mater Ecclesia Monastery.
 
The birthday evening plans, the Vatican press office said, included a visit and performance by the Swiss Guard band.
 
Pope Benedict was elected to succeed Pope St. John Paul II in April 2005. He stepped down 28 February 2013.

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