Pro-life advocates filled Twitter today with birthday wishes and greetings for Pope Francis, who celebrates his birthday today. The pro-life movement has been appreciative of the head of the Catholic Church, who has been very outspoken on pro-life issues and condemning abortion so unborn children can celebrate their own birthdays.
— Human Life Intnl (@HumanLifeIntnl) December 17, 2013
In marking the day, Pope Francis took time to spend with local homeless people in Rome.
The Vatican has released an interactive card in honour of Pope Francis’s 77th birthday, as the pontiff invited some homeless men to his residence to share a meal with him. The interactive – which can be viewed on the Vatican’s website – contains more than 30 photos of the pope accompanied by quotes from various homilies he has given over the past nine months.
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The Vatican said the pope marked his birthday with his customary morning mass in the guest house where he has opted to live, instead of the spacious papal apartments used by his predecessors.
Four homeless people who live on the streets near the Holy See were invited to take part by an official who administers the pope’s charity and stayed for breakfast with the pope and his aides, the Vatican said.
The same day that he was chosen as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year – Pope Francis exhorted North and South America to “accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.”