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Pope celebrates mass on 80th birthday

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 00:54

Pope Francis says he is scared of old age after celebrating mass with 60 cardinals on his 80th birthday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday (December 17) presiding over a mass for 60 cardinals. The mass was held in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. Before the mass, Pope Francis was wished a very happy birthday by Cardinal Domenico Calcagno on behalf of all the cardinals. After the mass Francis took the opportunity to speak about old age, calling it an ugly and scary word. "For a few days now a word keeps coming into my mind that seems ugly - old age - and it scares me," he said. The Pope asked for prayers for his old age. "Old age is tranquil and religious but it is also fruitful. Pray that mine is like that - tranquil, religious and fruitful. And also joyous!" said Francis The Vatican created seven email addresses where anyone can send birthday greetings to the pontiff, including in Latin, papafranciscus80@vatican.va. The others are in Italian, Spanish, English, French, German and Polish and the hashtag for social medial is #Pontifex80

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Pope celebrates mass on 80th birthday

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 00:54