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Pope to celebrate birthday with Mass and meetings

Pope Francis will honour Fr Lorenzo Milani and Fr Primo Mazzolari (CNS)

Pope Francis will mark his 80th birthday on Saturday with a morning Mass with his cardinals and an otherwise “normal” day of back-to-back meetings and audiences.

The Mass will take place in the Paoline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, where Francis spent his first minutes in prayer after being elected in 2013.

The Pope then has a series of audiences, including with the president of Malta and the head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, among others.