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Rome homeless send sunflowers to Pope Francis on 84th birthday

Rome homeless send sunflowers to Pope Francis on 84th birthday

Pope Francis conducts a Mass on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Dec 12, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casill)

VATICAN CITY: Rome's homeless sent sunflowers to Pope Francis for his 84th birthday on Thursday (Dec 17) and the pontiff marked the day by sending four ventilators to hospitals in Venezuela, the Vatican said.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the flowers would be used to adorn the altar in Francis's residence and the ventilators sent to Venezuela would be used primarily to help children with lung diseases.

He said the pope was marking the birthday in a simple way.

Francis, who was born of Italian immigrant stock in Buenos Aires on Dec 17, 1936, was elected leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics on Mar 13, 2013.

Since then he has set up a clinic and bathing facilities for homeless in the Vatican area.

Source: Reuters

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