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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.
 

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Is the pope a hip geek or advertising pawn?

 

HONG KONG (SE): While it may be good to chalk up a few firsts in life, especially if you are pope, the new twitter account opened by Pope Benedict XVI, @Pontifex, has already raised the question whether the pope is really a hip geek or a pawn of the electronics industry.

To be up with the latest is a challenge to all world leaders and even Archbishop Rowan Williams, until recently archbishop of Canterbury, quipped that he had been trumped by the pope on this one.

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