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Papal Tiara and Keys

"Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, Pope Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.


By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.


We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen".


Today, 16 April 2011, is the 84th birthday of the Holy Father.


Detail from Bernini's baldachino in St Peter's Basilica.

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Taken on October 24, 2010