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Pope Benedict XVI 85th birthday marked with celebrations
April 16 was the birthday of the Pope Benedict XVI and he has turned 85. He celebrated his birthday..

THE BENEDICT’S official birthday event was held at Clementine Hall with Bavarians, bishops, political leaders and representatives of the region's Protestant and Jewish communities participating in it.

The children dressed in traditional Bavarian danced for the Pope and recited a poem for him. He also received birthday greetings from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II and Italy's president.

Back in Germany, in his hometown, the faithful observed the Pope's birthday by rising early in the morning and walking from his house to the local church for prayers.

He received several gifts, including a large crucifix, a Maypole, a traditional Bavarian Easter basket and a bunch of white flowers.

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