Thousands of people gathered at St Peter’s Square to sing Happy Birthday and dance a mass tango to celebrate the 78th birthday of the pope.
Mass Tango At St Peter’s Square In Celebration Of Pope Francis’s 78th Birthday
Dec 18, 2014 at 1:28 AM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Vatican City - Argentinian Pope Francis was born in the birthplace of the tango on 17 December 1936. On Wednesday, he heard versions of Happy Birthday in Spanish, Italian and other languages as he was driven through St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City to start his weekly general audience.
Argentine priests handed him a cake and he blew out the candles before his open-top jeep moved on. The vehicle stopped again so that the pope, visibly pleased, could accept a birthday drawing from an Italian boy.
At the rear edge of the square, more than 2,000 people who came to Rome from across Italy for the birthday dance, titled “A tango for Pope Francis”, as music blared.
“We are here for the pope’s birthday. We are dancing the tango as our present to him,” said one woman.
Francis, who become Latin America’s first pope when he was elected in 2013, is a fan of the dance
According to figures released by the Vatican on Wednesday, nearly 1.2 million people have seen the pope at outdoor general audiences this year.
Source: The Guardian
Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP