|Msgr Georg Ratzinger with Pope Benedict XVI. Having turned 88 in January, Der Papstbruder (ordained a priest with his brother on the same day in 1951) said in a recent book-length interview that, given his failing eyesight, Benedict reads him the daily prayers of the Breviary on their visits.|
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 85th birthday on April 16th. Ad multos annos!!
Over at Whispers, Rocco has a summary with the historic facts and figures marking the occasion. At news.va Fr Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, offered an overview of the Pontiff’s accomplishments in his weekly editorial.
The Vatican creates an E-mail address so that the Pope can receive birthday greetings online
On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI’s double anniversary - a part from his 85th birthday which he celebrates today, this coming Thursday the Vatican will also be celebrating the seventh anniversary of his pontificate – the Holy See’s website has created a specific E-mail address which faithful can use to send their wishes to the Pope: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vatican Press Office explained that the idea came from the requests of faithful themselves.