Pope Benedict XVI and his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, praying the Liturgy of the Hours together. A suitable familial picture, I thought, for today, the Holy Father’s 85th birthday.

Msgr. Georg is in Rome, obviously, to celebrate with his brother, although today will, for the most part, be a Monday like any other. That said, Cardinal Marx, the archbishop of München and Freising, is hosting a ‘Bavarian evening’ at Castel Gandolfo for the pope. So the occasion will definitely not to go unmarked.

Neither will it here.

Happy birthday, Holy Father! May there be many more to come.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Osservatore Romano

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