Email Pope 80th birthday wishes, Vatican says

The pontiff turns 80 on Saturday

 VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis’ 80th birthday Saturday was beginning with a concelebration in the Pauline Chapel with Cardinals in Rome, followed by a ‘normal’ day of commitments and duties for the pontiff, says the Vatican.

 The head of the Holy See shall receive the President of Malta, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, the Bishop of Chur in Switzerland and the Community of Nomadelfia.

 It is possible to send a birthday greeting to Francis via email or over social media: (Latin) (Italian) (Spanish/Portuguese) (English) (French) (German) (Polish)

 Through social media, the hashtag to use is #Pontifex80

 The pope said Wednesday in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square of the birthday messages already received, “they make me laugh,” joking however that in his homeland of Argentina, “it brings bad luck to send birthday wishes in advance.”