Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired Pope Benedict XVI attends the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Dec. 8, 2015, file photo. (Credit: CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani, pool.)

Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 91st birthday April 16.

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for his predecessor and then sent his personal best wishes to the retired pope, who lives on the other side of St. Peter’s Basilica in a refurbished monastery.

The birthday evening plans, the Vatican press office said, included a visit and performance by the Swiss Guard band.

Benedict was elected in April 2005 to succeed St. John Paul II. He stepped down Feb. 28, 2013.

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