The Vatican has created new email addresses for well wishers to leave Birthday messages for the Pope.
Pope Francis turns 80 years old on Saturday 17 December. At their Winter General Meeting which concluded in Maynooth on 7 December, the Irish Catholic bishops offered their prayerful good wishes and congratulations to the Holy Father Pope Francis on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
According to his staff, Pope Francis will be working “just as normal” on his birthday. He will receive the President of Malta in audience and will later meet with the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Oullet, as well as other guests and dignitaries. He will also celebrate Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican, along with those Cardinals who are living and working in Rome.
Seven new Vatican email addresses have been created to allow well wishers to leave Birthday messages for the Pope. Messages can be left in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish and Latin. The email addresses are:
PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va (Spanish / Portuguese)
A social media hashtag has also been created #Pontifex80.