Pope works as usual on 84th birthday
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 08:38
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI spent his 84th birthday working, making appointments and receiving aides while wellwishers including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent their greetings.

Benedict, who was born in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn, Germany, had a busy day on Saturday. He appointed an Italian bishop, and greeted Spain's new ambassador to the Vatican with a speech defending religious freedom.

He met with Vatican cardinals, including the prelate heading the office for bishops in the week in which a former Belgian bishop caused an uproar by admitting in a TV interview he had sexually abused two nephews, conduct he likened to a "game”.

Sex abuse by clergy in many countries has been an issue for much of Benedict's papacy.

He was elected pontiff three days after his 78th birthday in 2005.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 08:38

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