In celebration of his 83rd birthday, Pope Benedict XVI was presented a cake earlier today by a group of American pilgrims visiting Rome. Members of the Papal Foundation, led by Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, serenaded the Holy Father and offered him their prayers and heartfelt support.
On Monday, Pope Benedict will celebrate his fifth anniversary as Bishop of Rome.
we pray for your protection and guidance
over our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
Give him strength and wisdom to stand as a prophet for our times.
May he be a light in darkness around which we gather in hope.
We ask you to bring about reconciliation
through his faithful teaching of peace and justice.
Grant him compassion and care to live the gospel
in love and service to all people.
Let him follow in the path of Peter and Paul who, filled with the Holy Spirit,
preached that the Lord saves all who call upon his name. Amen.