Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in Castel Gandolfo

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This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on March 23, 2013, shows “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI (left) speaking to Pope Francis during their meeting in Castel Gandolfo. Benedict XVI on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, celebrates his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence near Rome. His successor Pope Francis called to wish him a happy birthday and celebrated Mass in his honor. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

CASTEL GANDOLFO—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday celebrates his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence near Rome.

His successor Pope Francis called to wish him a happy birthday and celebrated Mass in his honor.

Francis had a “cordial” telephone conversation with his predecessor, the Vatican said in a statement.

Benedict was joined by his older brother Georg, who is 88 and nearly blind, as well as the four Italian religious laywomen who have worked for him as housekeepers for years.

Benedict in February became the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years in a move that stunned the world. A conclave of cardinals elected Francis in March.

He has lived as a recluse in Castel Gandolfo some 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Rome since Feb. 28, never leaving the palace.

Benedict’s secretary Georg Gaenswein, who is also head of the pontifical household for Pope Francis, is also expected to be present for the birthday, which will be an entirely private event.

The former pope spends his days praying, doing academic research and playing the piano in the palace on a hillside above Lake Albano, the Vatican said.

The Holy See last week denied that Benedict had a serious illness, following rumors in the Spanish press.

The most recent images of the former pope showed him walking slowly with the help of a cane.

The Vatican has said Benedict will eventually move to a former convent on a picturesque hilltop inside the Vatican walls to live out his days.

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  • UrHONOR

    SAAAAAAARAP ng buhay ni Ratzy! Sadyang nakaka-inggit. Matapos nyang isnabin yong pagkapili sa kanya ng diyos na maging pinuno ng samahan ng RCCh, e, naka-palasyo pa! Ganun pala yon… Thou art Peter and upon this rock of a castle you can retire lavishly. Few are cold but one is frozen. Gandang takbo ng drama. Pwedeng-pwedeng ma-ilagay sa puting tabing! (malamang ito ay may kasunod na mga numero)

    • Joey Sanchez

      Be aware not of the sins of other people but of yours. Like you, they too are accountable to the sins they commit.

      But the only difference is that their sins are forgiven and yours are not. Why, you re from a fake religion!

      Mk 16:15–16 “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

      The Church is Apostolic: Finally, the Church that issued from the commission of Christ to the apostles was apostolic. Church founded the Church upon the apostles.

      John 6:70 “Did I not choose you, the twelve?” (Jesus) asked them.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        then why do you constantly judge and insult people. practice what you preach. the only fake is you hypocrite your an insult to your own religion and the pope

      • Joey Sanchez

        …bad mouth. devil’s tongue…so you don’t like to be insulted eh, so stop insulting people too!

        I don’t judge. I just quoted the bible! You with fake religion you just don’t get it!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        haw haw haw funny coming from one parasite who insulted me first. i get religion i dont get hypocrites who quote the bible but dont live it EH. and again its funny when you say dont judge do you ever look at the garbage you spew all you do is judge everyone including good catholics you are the biggest phony i have ever seen in my life. and who are you to know what is a fake religion did you die and find out sucker haw haw haw

      • Joey Sanchez

        …even in medicine, you are reminded of fake drugs! how much more in ones faith…BEWARE OF FAKE RELIGION!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        pitiful

      • Joey Sanchez

        or as they warned everyone, “BEWARE OF IMITATIONS; GET THE ORIGINAL”!

      • UrHONOR

        BUTI ka pa, ENGLISH mo matino. Pero itong nagdudunung-dunungan dito na bira-ng-bira ng Ingles, e, kahit na 4.0 hindi ko bibigyan ito sa baho ng pagsusulat na sigurado ako na hindi ito nakapagtapos ng HS. Kung sabagay, marami naman talaga ditong nagpupumilit na mag-ingles na sa akala nila ay nakaka-sindak at impress sila, e, kahit na yong mag-tataho sa kanto, e, baka daigin pa sila sa Ingles. Engot na sa Tagalog o Pilipino, palpal pa sa Ingles. REMEDYO? Taglish!

      • Joey Sanchez

        hahaha, nagsumbong kay kuyakoy! cry baby!

      • UrHONOR

        HA HA HA….like a clockwork…..swak-na-swak! nakasunod na ang numero ng TNL na nagmamagaling pa sa mga damasing. HOY! wala kang kahit na anong karapatang magtatalak ng nga kabulastugan mong mga numero sa kahit na kanino. Your garbage belongs to where is should be– the garbage dump. Kung ano-anong katea-tea anne na SINS-SINS yang pinagbubusa mo na IKAW lang naman ang nagkakandarapa sa pagkabahala. ANG mga kasalanan mo huwag mong IKARGA sa iba, engs. At bilang huling pa-ala-ala….saksak mo yang mga numero mo sa bahayn mo dahil walang ibig sabihin yan sa pagpaparangalan mo ng pagka-damasing mo.

        ANAK ZA POTE, lifestyle ni RATZY ang pinupuna ko, e, kung ano-anong ka-tea-tea-anne ang pinaglalandakan ng TNL na ‘to na may ambisyong kompetensiyahin si VELARDE.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        he is that mcxxcx or whatever with a name change.

      • UrHONOR

        MOST LIKELY…..all IT knows to profess is STREET LANGUAGE while claiming to be a catholic THAT is actually a kaTOLik…..nice packaging, rotting inside….just like the proverbial WHITE SEPULCHER.

        I really do not understand what’s with these pharisaical hypocrites THAT are fond of citing chapters and verses from the bible AS IF THEY TRULY understand the GIST of what they are quoting that oftentimes are out of context. Then they leave parting words that are hardly Christian, nay, Catholic. Then signs off with name calling/branding.

        Best is just to ignore these critters that I usually do. But once in a little while I oblige such tirade for amusement and entertainment. Meanwhile, will keep on sauntering with my personal views for so long as the forum is available.

      • Joey Sanchez

        when you say something here, you seemed to be speaking of truth. where in fact what you have are all lies, deceptions, fallacies just like the profiles from a fake RELIGION!

      • Joey Sanchez

        stupid comment. what do you expect from this guy? brilliant views? not of course! its a pathetic, foul smell, odorous, skunk garbage statement!

  • Islander

    Benedict who? The name sounds familiar but I could not recall where I heard it before.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      i did when i ate breakfast

      • UrHONOR

        LOL!

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Happy Birthday Bene!!!

  • Joey Sanchez

    Even Pharmacists has this warning: Beware of drug stores with ‘ghost pharmacists’ the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPA) said on Tuesday.

    Much more with your faith: BEWARE OF FAKE RELIGION!

  • UrHONOR

    TWO HEAD GEARS are better than JUAN!

    If that isn’t a farce of the teachings of RCCh where it is supposed to be under one head…. all other else must also be “gospel truths”. 2 popes in one chruch. Ganun pala yon. matapos kang hiranging pinuno ng diyos na ang naghalal ay mga nakapulang-sayang prinsipe/princesa ng sambahan na piling-pili diumano din ng diyos, maaaring isnabin ang pagka-pili ng diyos at sasabihing, “AYOKO na, pagod na ako……pahinga na ako…..PILI na naman ng iba ang diyos…..wala, nagkamali ang diyos ng pinili ako, eh!”. TAPOs, yong bagong pinili, ganun din ang gagawin…..darating ang panahon na mas marami pang pope kaysa mga RED WARRIORS na cardinals! Very amusing arrangement of a religious organization. (Attention VELARDE, MANALO, QUIBOLOY, SORIANO et al, baka gusto na din ninyong magpahinga sa mga mansions at resorts ninyo, ngayong muchong-mucho na kayo sa kagandahang-loob ng mga sheeples ninyo, samantalahin na ninyo habang nakakapag-kape’t Rosario pa kayo. EMEN)

    Pero yong nakaraang pope, si Karol Wojtyla, bilib ako…..hanggang sa huling sandali ng kanyang buhay hindi nya binitiwan ang kanyang pwesto….kahit nagkakandakuba at uutal-utal na siya, pinilit nyang itinaguyod ang kanyang pagka-pinuno ng samahan. Itong huling German Sheperd, e, umatras kaagad na ang buntot ay na sa pagitan ng dalawang huling paa dahil hindi na makatahol at hindi na din maka-kagat at na-ubos na ang ipen.

    (paikutin na ang tambiolo para makapag-palabas na ng mga TNL na numero!)

    • Joey Sanchez

      Advertisement: ORIGINAL LONE RANGER GLASS 1938 BEWARE FAKE COPIES

      Just like your religion.RCC-100% Original & Authentic; Protestants-100% FAKE!

      Simple as that!

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