Happy Birthday, Benedict XVI!
April 16th marks Benedict XVI’s 87th birthday. It will be the first time he will celebrate the big day as Pope Emeritus at the Vatican. Since last year, for his birthday he was just a few miles away at Castel Gandolfo.
Even though a public celebration is unlikely this year, Joseph Ratzinger has had a full list of unforgettable birthdays, with music being the one common denominator.
He’s seen it all…From Germany’s Stuttgart Radio Symphonic Orchestra performing for him at the Vatican.
Then all the way to the White House, where he celebrated his birthday with president George W. Bush and the first lady.
But sometimes there’s no better company than family. Whenever possible Benedict XVI has made it a point to celebrate his birthday with his older brother Georg. Back in 2012, for his 85th birthday the two brothers celebrated the Pope’s birthday with traditional folk music from their native Bavaria, complete with costumes and dancing.
This was actually the last birthday celebration Benedict XVI had as the head of the Catholic Church. But birthdays are always a great excuse for a party…Benedict XVI hosted his brother’s 90th birthday at the Vatican, with a classical music concert.
All in all, Benedict XVI celebrated a total of seven birthdays as the head of the Catholic Church. Now on his 87th birthday, classical concerts or not, he will continue to make history as the only Pope Emeritus on earth.