On 83rd Birthday, Pope Prays for Church's Sanctity [Zenit]

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.

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