Benedict XVI celebrates his 90th birthday Bavarian style

L'Osservatore Romano

The pope emeritus enjoys German beer and music with family and friends on a sunny Easter Monday at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday in the garden of his residence at the Vatican.

L'Osservatore Romano


On a sunny Easter Monday, as Italians celebrated Pasquetta (“little Easter”), the pope emeritus enjoyed a mug of German beer and listened to traditional Bavarian music in the company of visitors from his native land, including the region’s Prime Minister.

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Benedict XVI’s brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, also attended the birthday celebration.

The pope emeritus was born on April 16, 1927, in southern Germany. As his birthday coincided this year with Easter Sunday, Benedict celebrated his 90th on the second day of the Easter Octave.

Photos courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano.

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