(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday in the garden of his residence in the Vatican, Mater Ecclesiae.
On a sunny Roman day he drank a mug of beer and listened to traditional Bavarian music in the company of visitors from his native Bavaria in Germany, including the region's Prime Minister.
His brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, also attended the party.
The Pope Emeritus was born on April 16, 1927, in southern Germany. But since the birthday coincided this year with Easter Sunday, Benedict celebrated the milestone event on Monday.
He resigned from office in 2013.
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