Saturday, 17 December 2016
Ad multos annos!
Today we wish Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday, and pray that he may be filled with the Wisdom of today's O antiphon, and continue to radiate the joy and hope of Christ's presence among us. The Pope himself is reported to have asked cardinals to "Pray for my old age to be like this: peaceful, religious, fruitful and also joyful."
The Vatican has opened seven email accounts to receive papal birthday messages in Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German and Polish: the English one is PopeFrancis80@vatican.va
Twitter is using the hashtag #Pontifex80