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Want to wish Pope Francis a happy birthday? Now you can, and here’s how

Pope Francis greets the crowd. October 12, 2016.

© Antoine Mekary / ALETEIA

© Antoine Mekary / ALETEIA

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/14/16

From Vatican Radio:

The Vatican has created new email addresses for well wishers to leave Birthday messages for the Pope. Pope Francis turns 80 years old on December 17th. According to his staff, Pope Francis will be working “just as normal” on the day itself. He will receive the President of Malta in audience and will later meet with the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Oullet, as well as other guests and dignitaries. He will also celebrate Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican, along with those Cardinals who are living and working in Rome. Seven new Vatican email addresses have been created to allow well wishers to leave Birthday messages for the Pope. Messages can be left in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish and Latin. The email addresses are: Papafranciscus80@vatican.va  (Latin) PapaFrancesco80@vatican.va   (Italian) PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va  (Spanish / Portuguese) PopeFrancis80@vatican.va  (English) PapeFrancois80@vatican.va  (French) PapstFranziskus80@vatican.va  (German)  PapiezFranciszek80@vatican.va  (Polish) A social media hashtag has also been created. #Pontifex80

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