Although, as Vatican Radio notes, the pope did not actually mention his birthday during his address to the crowd, he seemed pleased by several of the well-wishers. He appeared to particularly enjoy a birthday drawing handed to him by an Italian boy in the crowd, as Reuters noted. That report also mentions another gift of a handful of sunflowers from a group of homeless people.
In the square, there were birthday balloons and babies.
There was also at least one giant Loony Tunes birthday card.
Some people even brought food and drink for Francis. He took a sip of the traditional Argentine drink, maté, which he has been known to love in the past.
Then, there was the cake, brought by seminarians from the Legion of Christ, according to Vatican Radio.
The pope blew out the candles.
As for the pope’s other birthday plans?
A Vatican spokesperson told the Catholic News Service that volunteers will give gifts to the poor and homeless in Rome to mark the occasion.