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Pope emeritus celebrates 90th birthday with a mug of beer

VATICAN CITY – Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff in 2013, celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer and the company of visitors from his native Bavaria in Germany on 17 Apr 2017.

At his birthday party on Monday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told his guests that “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years which the good God has given me.”

Photos by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano of the celebration showed Benedict sipping a beer. His brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, also joined the party and enjoyed a beer.

Looking happy, the frail Benedict also admired a gift basket whose goodies included pretzels.

He was born on 16 April 1927, in southern Germany. But since the birthday coincided this year with Easter Sunday, Benedict was feted on Monday.  On a sunny, mild day, guests sat outside the monastery on Vatican City grounds where Benedict has lived since he became the first pontiff to resign in 600 years, stunning the Catholic Church. – AP

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