Happy Birthday, Papa Francis!

Pope Francis celebrated his 82nd birthday on Monday December 17. The Holy Father once described birthdays as an occasion in which to “remember all that God has done for us,” saying that “memory is an aspect of life.”

Dec 21, 2018

Pope Francis celebrated his 82nd birthday on Monday December 17. The Holy Father once described birthdays as an occasion in which to “remember all that God has done for us,” saying that “memory is an aspect of life.” and that it is “a great misfortune to lose the memory of all that God has done for us”.

This year the Pope chose to celebrate his birthday a day early, by throwing a small party for himself and a group of children who are receiving medical care from the Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary inside the Vatican.

The children surprised him with a huge cake and the Pope thanked them, expressing how glad he was to be with them. The atmosphere was so warm that the Pope stated that he thought that if the Holy Family had been living in Rome and the Baby Jesus had had a cold, Mary would have surely taken him to the dispensary to be treated.

The children at the dispensary, said the Pope, have so much to teach us. -- Vatican News

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