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Benedict XVI turns 91 on Monday


These are the most recent photos of Benedict XVI. As shown, the pope emeritus, who is turning 91, continues to welcome visitors, though at a much slower rate than during his papacy. 

He plans to spend his birthday in private, in the Vatican Gardens, with his brother Georg, who is 94.

Just like last year, he will most likely celebrate the day in a Bavarian style, which will remind him of the tastes of his land.

Throughout this year, Benedict has found all the rumors about his delicate health quite humorous. He even wrote a letter to an Italian newspaper to thank them for paying so much attention to him.

His secretary says he spends the day praying, reading and writing. These are the daily tasks of the pope emeritus.