Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

  • Written by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
  • Published in International
Pope Francis blows out candles on a birthday cake presented by a woman during his general audience in Paul V hall at the Vatican Dec. 14. The pope will turn 80 Dec. 17. Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano, handout Pope Francis blows out candles on a birthday cake presented by a woman during his general audience in Paul V hall at the Vatican Dec. 14. The pope will turn 80 Dec. 17. Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano, handout

VATICAN CITY - Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails.

Turning 80 Dec. 17, Pope Francis was going to start the day with Mass together with cardinals living in Rome, according to the Vatican press office. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 13 -- the anniversary of the pope's ordination to the priesthood in 1969.

"The rest of the day will be 'normal,' loaded with appointments," it said.

People can tweet messages using the hashtag #Pontifex80 or send an email according to their preferred language, including Latin.

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-- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Latin)