Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop – then Father – David M. O’Connell share a laugh during the Pope’s visit to The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 2007.
Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop – then Father – David M. O’Connell share a laugh during the Pope’s visit to The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 2007.

Today, Friday April 16, is Pope Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday, making him the oldest Successor to St. Peter in history.

Although he resigned the papacy for reasons of physical health in 2013, his contributions to the ongoing development of the Church’s teaching and theology over his long career will endure for years to come.  A brilliant, yet gentle, humble and holy man, Pope Benedict XVI has inspired generations of believers to seek to deeply encounter the Lord Jesus in their lives.  

Happy Birthday Holy Father, and thank you!

“If we look to the saints, this great luminous wake with which God has passed through history, we truly see that here is a force for good that survives through millennia; here is truly light from light.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI