Monday, April 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, Papa!


A giant birthday banner is seen in the background as Pope Benedict XVI is driven through the crowd at the end of his birthday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 15, 2007. Benedict XVI celebrated his 80th birthday a day early with a Mass in his honor Sunday on the flower-bedecked steps of St. Peter's Square, giving thanks for his long life and the support of the Church. (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi)


Pope Benedict XVI is framed through a salute by a Vatican Swiss guard as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 15, 2007. Benedict XVI celebrated his 80th birthday a day early with a Mass in his honor Sunday on the flower-bedecked steps of St. Peter's Square, giving thanks for his long life and the support of the Church. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)


Clerics look at Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 15, 2007. Benedict XVI celebrated his 80th birthday a day early with a Mass in his honor Sunday on the flower-bedecked steps of St. Peter's Square, giving thanks for his long life and the support of the Church. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)


Children release 1100 balloons with birthday wishes for Pope Benedict XVI at his birthplace in Marktl, southern Germany April 16, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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