Friday 23 June 2017

'Prost!' - Benedict XVI toasts 90th birthday with a mug of beer

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI drinks a beer with a member of a German delegation and his brother and bishop Georg Ratzinger (R) at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI drinks a beer with a member of a German delegation and his brother and bishop Georg Ratzinger (R) at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI toasts with a member of a German delegation and his brother bishop Georg Ratzinger (R) at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI toasts with members of a German delegation dressed with traditional costumes at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI talks with Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer on the occasion of a party for Benedict's 90th birthday, at the Vatican Monday, April 17, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is presented with traditional food from members of a German delegation at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
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Many of us like a beer on our birthday but when you have just turned 90 and you previously served as pope then it must taste that bit sweeter.

Photos reveal that Benedict XVI, who resigned as Pope in 2013, celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer and the company of visitors from his native Bavaria in Germany.

The snaps taken by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano of the celebration show Benedict sipping a beer while his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, also enjoys a drink.

Looking happy but frail, Benedict also admired a gift basket of pretzels.

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is presented with traditional food from members of a German delegation at the Vatican April 17, 2017. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

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

On a sunny, mild day, guests sat outside the monastery on Vatican City grounds where Benedict has lived since he became the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.

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