Tuesday 23 January 2018

Benedict enjoys 88th birthday beer


Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 88th birthday with a party at his old summer residence - and a pint of beer.

Photos released by the Vatican newspaper yesterday show Benedict (left) toasting a group of Bavarians in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, accompanied by his older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Benedict's honour yesterday morning, saying he hopes God "supports him and gives him much joy and happiness".

The photos were the first proof that Benedict has used the papal summer residence since he spent several months there following his February 2013 resignation.

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