What’s on the pope’s birthday wish list?

Update: Check out the online photo album the Vatican Internet office created for the pope’s birthday.

VATICAN CITY — Don’t know what to give the pope for his 77th birthday tomorrow?

Pope prays as he leads Marian prayer service near Spanish Steps in Rome

Pope Francis praying during a Marian prayer service near the Spanish Steps in Rome Dec. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Why not the very thing he always asks for at almost every public and private audience: “Pray for me!

One Catholic youth association will be doing just that.

The Papaboys Association has invited people worldwide to pray for the pope from their parishes or homes during a “prayer marathon” starting at midnight tonight and running until midnight tomorrow.

In launching the #AuguriFrancesco birthday initiative, the Papaboys are asking people in Rome to come to the church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus near the Vatican for round-the-clock prayers, Eucharistic Adoration and two Masses, or to join in with their prayers wherever they are.

Speaking of San Lorenzo… the pope definitely had something nice to wake up to this morning when he heard his favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo, won the Argentina league title. According to the Vatican, he said “What joy!” upon hearing the news.

Some news reports are saying some of the team’s owners and players are going to the Vatican to show the pope the winner’s cup.

Also, don’t forget the Vatican is collecting video prayers and greetings on Vine and Instagram for Pope Francis for Christmas.

And a papal fan in the UK is collecting scanned or photographed images of children’s drawings and greetings for Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict.

Vatican insiders are saying the papal mailbags are bursting with “thousands” of letters. So if you’d like to add to the deluge…

Pope Francis

Domus Sanctae Marthae

00120 Vatican City State


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Mater Ecclesiae monastery

00120 Vatican City State

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17 Responses to What’s on the pope’s birthday wish list?

  1. annebender says:

    Love the photo album!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. carolyn nanni says:

    Happy Birthday, Pope Francis, may you be blessed with long, healthy, joyful life. Love you always.

  3. Vaa Nyam peter. Catechist says:

    Long life our POPE

  4. Très saint Père François Je vous souhaite Un Bon anniversaire Puissiez vous vivre trés trés long temps en bonne santé dans la joi

  5. sampson attipoe says:

    happy birthday Papa. May the BVM be your guide and Christ your path as you lead your holy people on to YHWH.

  6. Fr.Manoj Pathiyil George says:

    May Almighty God bless you with all the graces needed for the apostlate in this present world in Jesus Christ. Many many happy returns of the day.

  7. Charles Boettcher says:

    God Speed, Your Holiness, God Speed.

  8. Daniel laguma says:

    I wish the pope a wanderfull birthday celebration and may the almighty God keep him longer for the service of humankind amen

  9. Mr.regis says:

    wish you a happy birthday.As you are the greatest person in the world, I am not worthy to wish you dear pope ,our humble prayer to you my beloved pope

  10. Mr.Regis vincentian chennai conferance says:

    Many happy returns and prayers

  11. Mr.Regis vincentian chennai conferance India says:

    we wish you a happy birthday Many happy returns of this day As you are the greatest person in the world record I am not worthy to wish you
    our sincere prayers to you my beloved pope .

  12. Roel-Celia claros says:

    Happy birthday our beloved Pope Francis! May the Good Lord shower you with all the graces that you need in leading His flocks to His Kingdom . Our family tho humble will pray for you everyday. We love you!

  13. Happy Birthday Holy Father ! You are the Christmas gift to the Catholic Church and for all the followers of Christ !

  14. Sat Rioveros says:

    Happy Birthday Pope Francis, wishing you a more fruitful Petrine Ministry, continue spreading the love of our dear Lord to all people by your endearing and selfless service particularly to the poor ones. I am praying for your intentions. God bless you and Mama Mary loves you.

  15. Jyoti Fernandes says:

    Happy Birthday Your Holiness Pope Francis. May God Bless you with a long and healthy life. May Our Blessed Virgin Mary & Jesus Christ Our Saviour be with you always & guide & strengthen you always.

  16. Francis Andrew Goni says:


  17. Joelle abou sleiman says:

    Please pope francis take care of us Christians in the middle east

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