Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday with four homeless men on Tuesday. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis wanted a "family" environment to celebrate his birthday. Along with a few aides and the staff of Casa Santa Marta, four homeless men were invited to attend Mass and breakfast with the Pope Tuesday. One of the homeless brought his dog along to celebrate. During Mass Pope Francis was greeted with a birthday song. The men live in the streets around the Vatican.
Tuesday morning readings focused on the genealogy of Jesus.Pope Francis stated that "God has always walked alongside his people, beginning with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did not want to redeem us without coming to live among us and share our lives. The Pope said this long list of God's people included "saints and sinners". The latter included serious sins and those who didn't listen to God's plans for them.
Pope Francis said that in addition to accompanying us in our lives our God follows us and in this way he displays His humility, His patience, and His love for us.
He concluded his homily with "a Christmas Wish for all of us to allow God to write our lives for us."
Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina on Dec. 17, 1936. His birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, born to Italian parents. He was ordained a priest in 1969. He became Archbishop of Buenos Aries in 1998, and Cardinal in 2001. On Feb. 28, 2013 he was elected the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the 266th Pope. He is the first Pope from Argentina and the first Pope belonging to The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).