Politics Who Needs Cake? Pope Francis Celebrates His 81st Birthday with a 13-Foot Pizza Pope Francis has had his share of pizza parties in the past, but for his 81st birthday, nothing short of a 13-foot pie would do By Tierney McAfee Published on December 18, 2017 12:23 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Pope Francis has had his share of pizza parties in the past, but for his 81st birthday, nothing short of a 13-foot pie would do. The popular pontiff, who turned 81 on Sunday, blew out the single birthday candle on his extra-long pizza during a celebration at the Vatican. He had a little help from a group of children assisted by “Dispensario Santa Marta,” a Vatican pediatric clinic. According to the Associated Press, the pope told the children to “eat all four meters (13 feet),” saying it would make them grow. IPA/WENN Later, during his weekly Sunday appearance to faithful, thousands of children in St. Peter’s Square shouted birthday messages to Pope Francis. “Thanks a lot, thanks a lot,” he replied from his window overlooking the square. Francis’ love of pizza is no secret. RELATED VIDEO: Pope Francis and Melania Trump Had a Lighthearted Exchange About Slovenian Food In 2015, he said the one thing that bothered him about being pope was not being able to go out unnoticed for pizza.