Birthday Party Ex-Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 90th birthday with beer

Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff in 2013, has celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer

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Ex-Pope Benedict XVI marks 90th birthday with beer

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on April 17.

Among those present was Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, Benedict's 93-year-old brother, who flew in from Germany for the occasion, as well as a small delegation from Bavaria, his home region.

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They brought to the party two staples of Bavarian cuisine with which the 90-year-old emeritus pontiff was obviously delighted beer and pretzels.

According to reports by chicagotribune, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI turned 90 years old on Sunday, but because the day was Easter, his closest aide Archbishop George Gänswein announced that a “modest” celebration would be held today instead, the day that Italians observe as Pasquetta, meaning the Monday after Easter.

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Looking happy, the frail Benedict also admired a gift basket whose goodies included pretzels.

He was born on April 16, 1927, in southern Germany. But since the birthday coincided this year with Easter Sunday, Benedict was feted on Monday.

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