who was born in Marktl am Inn on April 16, 1927, began receiving
greetings several days ago. According to the Archdiocese of
Munich, more than half a million have been sent over the internet.
poured in from all continents, although most have come from his native
region of Bavaria. Some have even sent greetings in Latin.
The president of the Italian republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, sent greetings to the Pontiff on Saturday.
“I sent you my
best wishes for this Easter, together will my desire that the occasion
of your birthday finds you well,” Ciampi wrote in his message.
Referring to the
Pope, the Italian leader wrote in the message that “your important
apostolic mission in defense of the dignity of man, of freedom and
solidarity, in order to combat intolerance and fanaticism-- which are
always lurking about—radiates spiritual strength to all, believes and
with Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 79th birthday
yesterday, receiving greetings and well-wishes from around the world.