On April 16, 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 years old. Two days later he took part in the conclave to elect the man who would follow John Paul II. What happened 24 hours later, is now part of history.
“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; Habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Josephum Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Ratzinger qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedicti XVI”
He was elected seven years ago. During his pontificate, he has written three encyclicals and has taken on 30 trips- in and outside of Italy. As a whole, he has visited 21 countries in five differentcontinents. Aside from his seventh anniversary as Pope, he will turn 85 on April 16th.
As a way to celebrate his birthday, on April 20th, free beer will he handed out in the Plaza of the Regensburg Cathedral. That same day, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Vatican. And in the town where he was born, a special stamp has been designed so that all the letters mailed out that day, will show his image.
“Above, I will pray for him and leading by example, I'll also try to bring Christ to many people.”
“I wish him good health and serenity. May he always have the strength to show faith through his words, culture and deep preparation.”
“I would like to say 'Happy Birthday to Pope Benedict XVI.' I want to thank him very much for all the work he does.”
“As a gift, I'd like to give the Pope a little more time to himself. I hope he gets to enjoy the day with his brother.”
Since the year 2005, the month of April has always had a special meaning for Benedict XVI. Both for his birthday and of course because of his election as Pope.