Sunday, May 16, 2004

Pope Set to Celebrate 84th Birthday

On Tuesday of this week...


"Pope John Paul II prepares to celebrate his 84th birthday on Tuesday, buoyed by plans for fresh trips abroad despite poor health which has led to fears his trademark foreign travel was over.

The pontiff will symbolically blow out the candles on a birthday cake prepared for him by his cook, Sister Germana, and millions of copies of a book of his memoirs will be published in several languages to mark the occasion.

But his entourage said that the best present for the ailing pope would be his trip on June 5 and 6 to the Swiss capital Bern, where he is due to meet with thousands of young Roman Catholics."