Happy Birthday, Holy Father!

Church commemorates Pope Benedict XVI’ 82nd birthday.
by Catholic.net Staff Writer | Source: ACIPrensa.com

This week, the Holy Father has much to commemorate, and the Church rejoices with him. Today, April 16, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI commemorates his 82nd birthday. In three days, April 19, it is the 4th anniversary of his pontificate. Pope Benedict celebrates his 82nd birthday in the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo a few kilometres south of Rome where he is enjoying a brief period of rest following the celebration of Holy Week. The director of the Vatican Press Office, Father  Federico Lombardi, SJ, expressed the hope that the Holy Father "may long continue to carry out his ministry, ... helping the men and women of today to find God". 

"The focus of his concern", Fr. Lombardi continued his remarks, "is to bring mankind to God and God to mankind, through a great personal love for Christ. ... Despite the critical attitude it is necessary to adopt towards so many negative aspects of today's culture and mentality, in the final analysis the principle message [the Church] wishes to communicate is a message of love, a message for the good of mankind and of the human person; that is, their reconciliation with God and with all the other men and women who live on this earth".

Short Biography

Born, Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger, on 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Germany. From 1946 to 1951, he was ordained a priest and began to teach. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Munich and at the higher school of philosophy and theology of Freising. In 1953, he obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis entitled: "The People and House of God in St. Augustine's Doctrine of the Church." Four years later,  he qualified as a university teacher with a work on St. Bonaventure's theology of history.

After a period of teaching dogma and fundamental theology at the higher school of philosophy and theology of Freising, he went on to teach in Bonn from 1959 to 1969, in Munster from 1963 to 1966, and in Tubinga from 1966 to 1969. In that year he was appointed professor of dogmatic theology and of the history of dogma at the University of Regensburg and vice president of the same university. In 1962, he made a noteworthy contribution to the work of Vatican Council II as theological consultant to Cardinal Joseph Frings, archbishop of Cologne.

In 24 March 1977, Paul VI appointed him archbishop of Munich and Freising, making him a cardinal on 27 June 1977. In 1981 he was nominated by John Paul II as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Subsequently he also became president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Pontifical International Theological Commission, and dean of the College of Cardinals. He was elected as Pope on 19 April 2005, the second day of the conclave.


The Catholic.net community praises Our Lord for the huge blessing of our Holy Father Benedict XVI. In the midst of our day challenges, the Church is blessed beyond measure for having Pope Benedict’s leadership (Psalm 23).

Birthday Gift

Please say a Holy Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father today. Your prayers is the best gift you can give him.

Leave your birthday wishes to the Holy Father in the Comments.

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Published by: Cecilia from Sweden
Date: 2012-04-16 14:51:00
Happy Birthday Holy Father Prayers from my whole family

Published by: doy
Date: 2011-04-16 05:20:24
Happy Birthday Holy Father. We'll remember you in our prayers.

Published by: Regina Fuentes
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Holy Father, thank you very much for your love to Christ and to all of us.

Published by: Rosalia Tenorio
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Happy Birthday, Holy Father! May God continue to bless and guide you.

Published by: Christina Ford and family
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
+ M Dear Holy Father, Happy 82nd Birthday1 May God grant you many more, for the sake of the Church and the World! We love you! You are in our prayers every day! Thank God for your life and priestly vocation! in Cristo Risorto!

Published by: Daniel and Irene Largy
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Holy Father may the Lord Jesus continue to bless you with many more years of good health and great wisdom.

Published by: Ramon
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Holy Father, may the Lord bless you with health so that you can keep guiding His Church. Greetings from Zacatecas, Mexico.

Published by: may
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
thank you Holy Father for being the father of the church of catholic people who guide us in prayer and to love christ always in our hearts

Published by: Jeffrey Andrews
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Holy Father,I wish You a Very Happy Blessed Birtday and $ Year Anniversary as Our Beloved Pope.

Published by: Regina Fuentes
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Holy Father, thank you very much for your love to Christ and to all of us.

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