Francis gets worldwide greetings for 79th birthday

Vatican city, Dec 18 (IANS/AKI) People around the globe have wished Pope Francis on his 79th birthday, Vatican Radio reported.

On Thursday, Twitter and Facebook were filled with posts, photos, and memes using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayPopeFrancis.

Vatican Radio’s German section posted a special video in various languages on Facebook with birthday greetings to the Pope, the broadcaster said.

At Francis’s weekly general audience on Wednesday, the crowd sang for the Pope, and Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki gave him a birthday cake in the shape of a sombrero.

Ninety-year-old Italian singer Teddy Reno sang Pope Francis a song he wrote for the occasion, serenading the pontiff on bended knee in St Peter’s Square, accompanied by a small choir.


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