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
December 18, 2017 12:23 PM
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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.

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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.

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In 2015, he said the one thing that bothered him about being pope was not being able to go out unnoticed for pizza.