May God shower his holiest birthday wishes, Pope FRANCIS.
It's Pope Francis birthday and you may send him email greetings in multiple languages. But you won't catch the pontiff voicing any birthday wishes ahead of the big day: "In my homeland, voicing wishes early brings bad luck and those who voice wishes early are a jinx." The Pontiff won't be taking the day off, either.
His Holiness has marked the occasion by blowing out a candle on a cake. Those who couldn't make it to the Vatican for a personal greeting can send Francis a birthday message by email in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish and Latin, Vatican Radio reports.
He is 80 years young and a social media hashtag — #Pontifex80 — has also been created.
The email addresses where you can send your birthday wishes for the pontiff:
PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va (Spanish / Portuguese)