Vatican sets up emails, hashtag to send pope birthday greetings

By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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.

— (English)

— (Spanish/Portuguese)

— (French)

— (Polish)

— (German)

— (Italian)

— (Latin)

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