Happy Birthday Holy Father! Benedict XVI – 88 yrs

His Holiness Benedict XVI turned 88 today!

Ad multos felicissimos annos!

Please stop and say a prayer for him.

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  1. acardnal says:

    Great photos here of Pope Emeritus celebrating – with some beer – at his residence in the Vatican City.


  2. iPadre says:

    He looks great. He may outlive us all. God bless B-16

  3. Dialogos says:

    You are greatly loved, Holy Father. May all your prayers be heard with favor in heaven, your wise writings a source of encouragement to those seeking truth, your gentle demeanor an example to us all. God grant you many years!

  4. Legisperitus says:

    A great man. I feel privileged to have shared parts of these two centuries with him. Miss him terribly.

  5. Dr. Edward Peters says:


  6. gracie says:

    Someone should ask Pope Benedict XVI how he manages to keep that wonderful head of hair!

  7. HighMass says:

    The Italians have a saying: “Dio in Cielo, Papa in Terra” Pope Benedict will be my Pope forever!

    One cannot express the Gratitude we have in our Hearts for Christ sending him to the CHURCH!

    Thank You so much also for Summorum Pontificam (spelling???)
    Boun Camploanno Santita!

  8. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Long live the Pope Emeritus!

    Re: the pictures, it was very thoughtful to have the oompah band come to the party. Since both the Pope Emeritus and his elder brother are reportedly very deaf, only a very loud band would help bring them the joy of music. Since they are reportedly almost blind, a big colorfully-uniformed band would give them something visible to enjoy, too.

  9. DisturbedMary says:

    Thank you Lord for keeping Benedict with us. We need need need his prayers and gentle consolation.

  10. juergensen says:

    Those were the days.

  11. Allan S. says:

    This is difficult as I have a lot of…anger…about the whole fleeing-for-the-wolves thing, and the subsequent fallout, the blame for which I lay at Benedict’s feet. I have just prayed for him, though; the first time I could since he abandoned the flock entrusted to him.

    My own conversion came about after watching Pope St. John-Paul II, holding fast as the rock to the end, whatever came. I saw it as proof that His grace is always sufficient for us – no exceptions. Benedict’s resignation was a profound wound to me, and I remain convinced that the subsequent pontificate is the just fruit of that act.

    [Okay, that’s enough of that. Rabbit hole closed.]

  12. excalibur says:

    Happy birthday indeed to our Pope Emeritus!

    And the 9th anniversary of my mother passing from this life into eternity. JMJ

  13. cwillia1 says:

    I feel a deep admiration and unreserved affection for this man. He is a living saint.

  14. TNCath says:

    Honestly, not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, pray for him, and miss him. He was the best Pope of my lifetime.

  15. Laura R. says:

    I also have great affection for him, and feel blessed and honored to have come into the Church during his pontificate.

  16. dowirz says:

    God Bless our Pope Emeritus!

  17. Sword40 says:

    My prayers for him are sent up. Best Pope that I can remember. Perhaps someday we’ll know why he retired.

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  19. Gerard Plourde says:

    Prayers and Hertzliche Geburtstagwunsche to a true servant of God.

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