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Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

Pope Francis blows candles on a cake on his 78th birthday in St. Peter's Square
Pope Francis blows candles on a cake on his 78th birthday in St. Peter's Square AP

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is being treated to a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday – and nearly a ton of chicken meat for the poor.

The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens.

Francis also greeted eight homeless people bearing sunflowers during his Wednesday general audience, held under brilliantly sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square.

As he drove around in the open-air jeep to greet the crowds, children handed up birthday cards they had made for him. Francis asked one: “Did you make this? It’s good!”

Others held up signs saying “Feliz Cumpleanos.”

Outside the square, dozens of couples danced the tango, the Argentine pope’s favorite. The pope quipped: “It looks like a two-by-four!” – a reference to tango.

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