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Pope: Cake, Tango, Chicken Included in Gifts for Pontiff's 78th Birthday

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 01:30 PM

Pope Francis got a cake, a tango demonstration, and more than 1,700 pounds of chicken in celebration of his 78th birthday Wednesday.

A celebration took place during the pope's general audience at St Peter's square, during which children handed him homemade birthday cards and others sang and held up birthday greetings, The Associated Press reported.

A Spanish producer provided the chicken, which will be distributed to soup kitchens.

Dozens of couples danced the tango, said to be the pope's favorite dance.

"The tango is a dance that unites all people no matter where they come from," dancer Patrizia D'Aquino said, according to the AP.

About 13,000 people attended the Argentinian-born pope's audience Wednesday, Rappler reported.

Cristina Carmorani, a dance teacher from Conventello, planned the dance demonstration, appealing to couples via Facebook to dance the tango in celebration of the pontiff's birthday. More than 3,200 people had signed up to take part, according to Rappler.

Born Jose Bergoglio, the pope was quite the accomplished dancer in his youth.

"I am not a believer but I wanted to pay tribute to the pope for what he has done and the changes he has initiated," dancer Achille Lolla said, according to Rappler.

The pope ended the audience with a prayer for victims of terrorist attacks in Australia, Pakistan, and Yemen, the AP said.

"May the Lord receive in his peace the dead, comfort the relatives and convert the hearts of the violent who don't even stop in the face of children," he said.

Birthday wishes also spread on Twitter.












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