VATICAN CITY — Today was a Vatican holiday marking the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI. The anniversary comes just three days after his 85th birthday.
The Vatican post office has been busy, busy, busy this week.
Vatican Radio reported today that messages have been arriving from all over the world and have come from the powerful and the meek, individuals and organizations.
U.S. President Barack Obama sent a happy birthday message at the beginning of the week. The president told the pope, “Your work and that of the Catholic Church continues to strengthen our entire human family, especially those who are most vulnerable, and your spirit reflects the love of Christ to so many.”
The president promised to pray for the pope and asked the pope to pray for him.
The anniversary of the pope’s election was marked in a message Secretary of State Hilary Clinton sent on behalf of the president.
Congratulating the pope and wishing him well in his continued ministry, Clinton said, “Pope Benedict has worked tirelessly to unite people of different beliefs through a shared faith in humanity and peace.”
Earlier in the week, the Vatican posted a dedicated email address — firstname.lastname@example.org — that anyone can use to send a birthday and/or anniversary message to the pope.