Pope Francis gets birthday concert

Vatican City, Dec 17 (IANS/AKI) Pilgrims at Pope Francis’s weekly general audience in St.Peter’s Square sang Happy Birthday to the pontiff who turned 79 on Thursday.

Francis appeared to enjoy the concert and rounds of applause helped 90-year-old veteran Italian actor-singer Teddy Reno sing a song he wrote specially for the pontiff’s birthday.

Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki presented Francis with a cake in the shape of a sombrero, a gift from the people of Mexico, which he is due to visit in February 2016.

Among pilgrims at the general audience – the last before Christmas – were 3,000 tango dancers, who played a short burst of tango music.

Argentinian-born Francis has said he loves the tango, describing it as “something that comes from within me”.

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