(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is celebrating his birthday today. He is 89 years old.
On board the Papal plane en route to the Greek island of Lesbos where he is visiting refugees, Pope Francis remembered his predecessor in his prayers saying, “I would like to remind you that today is the 89th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. Pray for him”
Later this evening the Pope Emeritus is expected to attend a concert in his honour in the Vatican.
Below find the message of Pope Francis on the occasion of Pope Emeritus’ Benedict XVI’s birthday
The Holy Father Francis, along with all those who accompany him in his visit to Lesbos – entourage and journalists send Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI the most affectionate and cordial greetings on the occasion of his 89th birthday, asking the Lord to continue to bless his precious service of closeness and prayer for the whole Church.