Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with party, pint

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:41 PM
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with party, pint

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his 88th birthday with a party and a pint of beer.

Photos released by the Vatican newspaper Thursday showed the German pope toasting a group of Bavarians in the Vatican gardens accompanied by his older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, and his longtime private secretary.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Benedict's honor Thursday morning, saying he hopes God "supports him and gives him much joy and happiness."