Pope Francis Turns 77

Four homeless people from outside the Vatican walls joined the Pontiff to celebrate

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In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, is flanked by Vatican Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski as he welcomes four men at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday with four homeless people — and one of their dogs — who live on the street in Rome outside the Vatican walls.

It was an apt celebration for the TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year, who has championed the plight of the poor and developed a reputation as an activist and reformer. The group attended the Pope’s daily mass and then joined the Pontiff over breakfast at the dining room of the Vatican City hotel where he lives, the Associated Press reports. One of the men was holding his dog when he was introduced to the Pope after Mass.

The festivities were expected to continue with the arrival Tuesday of a delegation from the Pope’s favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo de Almagro, from his home country of Argentina. The team won the Argentine national championship and was to present Pope Francis with a replica of the championship trophy Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Pope, the first non-European to head the Church in more than 1,200 years, became a paying member of the San Lorenzo club in 2008, Bloomberg reports.

Also on Tuesday, leading LGBT magazine The Advocate selected Pope Francis as its person of the year for his softening tone on homosexuality. On Monday, Pope Francis replaced a conservative American cardinal who has been an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage with a more moderate American Cardinal for a spot on a high-level Vatican committee, signaling a will for further reform in the Vatican, the New York Times reports.

[AP]

174 comments
Ynnah Valdez
Ynnah Valdez

Why just 4? Why just breakfast? Why just his 77th birthday? Clement Yeung Alyssa Anunciacion

Mari Ann Ree
Mari Ann Ree

When will they be invited in for breakfast?

Mari Ann Ree
Mari Ann Ree

I saw homeless women in Rome. One of them had her nose cut off. By men who hates women?

Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar
Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar

The harm is small find that to be different is considered large. USA is a world power and has always looked for peace. Even before the attacks of September 11 remained inert and only sought terrorist leader rather than a war. These governments in the East dictators must end! We must fight for democracy from those who can not afford to fight because they are poor and they are few. Obama want a friend in Brazil intervention to arrest the thieves and corrupt politicians.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440025269443080&set=a.257980104314265.49913.254329351346007&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

Nats Onoja Agbo
Nats Onoja Agbo

Dalton should know that whatever the Church has done is a gesture that should encourage us, as children of God to show similar love to our neighbors.

Andrea Suels Serizier
Andrea Suels Serizier

Wow, de verdad que Francisco esta reintentando la figura Papal y predicando con la palabra

Joyce McCallum
Joyce McCallum

Pope Francis is the Pope to help curb the spending and lessen the assets! This man is humble!!!

Joe Lodato
Joe Lodato

Expose the pedophiles. Don't just talk about it.

Joe Lodato
Joe Lodato

Sell some Vatican property to feed the poor.

Casey Dye
Casey Dye

I swear he's the second coming.

Elri Mello
Elri Mello

Papa tem amigo meu Truta Wagner Da Costa Ritzdorf que fez mais do que o sr no seu aniversário !!!perdão pela comparação bem humorada.......

Sağlıklı Yaşamın Sırrı
Sağlıklı Yaşamın Sırrı

Kilo probleminiz mi var? * Cilt probleminiz mi var? * Bölgesel yağlanmalarınız mı var? * Vücudunuz da selülit veya catlaklar mı var? * Saç veya tırnak problemleriniz mi var? BUNLARIN ARTIK HİÇBİRİ PROBLEM DEĞİL. HEPSININ ÇÖZÜMÜ VAR. ARTIK DAHA FAZLA ÇÖZÜMÜ ERTELEMEYIN.SİTEMİZİ ZİYARET EDİN

Onepatriot
Onepatriot

Isn't everything any Pope does considered a PR campaign?  Every minute of every day he sets the example whether he intends it or not.  I'm not catholic, but I do like this Pope Francis and the way he reaches out like Jesus did.