Wish Pope Francis a ‘Happy Birthday’, in Latin if you so desire

Pope Francis greets the crowd in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on 26 November 2016. Photo: 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 on 17 December, Pope Francis was going to start the day with Mass, together with cardinals living in Rome.

The pope was ordained a priest in 1969.

“The rest of the day will be ‘normal,’ loaded with appointments,” the Vatican Press Office said.

People can tweet messages using the hashtag #Pontifex80 or send an email according to their preferred language, including Latin.

Email addresses:

[email protected] (English)

[email protected] (Spanish/Portuguese)

[email protected] (French)

[email protected] (Polish)

[email protected] (German)

[email protected] (Italian)

[email protected] (Latin)