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2014-12-17

Getting a good spot in St. Peter's Square isn't always easy. But, a group of seminarians managed to not only get front row seats-they also managed to bring in a cake for the Pope's birthday, candles and all....

JOSUÉ MARÍA HERNÁNDEZ
Seminarian
"We thought about it yesterday. So, we quickly made the cake and brought it here to the audience this morning. We don't know a lot about cooking, but we wanted to make the Pope feel special. The cake was made of apricot jam and whipped cream with blue icing. We wrote, Happy 78th birthday Pope Francis!.”

The celebration didn't stop there. The Pope also greeted a large group of about 300 seminarians and took a few sips of Argentinian maté tea. 

"We are seminarians here in Rome.”
"On Saturday, 35 priests from the Legion of Christ were ordained.” 

Among the seminarians was Raúl, who brought the Pope an image of Our Lady. 

RAUL LANSING
Seminarian
"This little statue of Our Lady is from Germany, close to where Benedict XVI is from. I thought, when the Pope comes around, I will give it to him as a gift. We were just standing there, but he came up to us and started talking. We told them we were from the Legion of Christ and then I told him I had brought the statue of Our Lady as a gift for him. He said, 'No, no. Keep it and when you see it pray for me'”

There were a few other surprises in store. When the Pope left the Square, a massive crowd danced tango as a gift to the Argentinian Pope. 


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