VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a
"peaceful and familial" 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his
94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the
Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for his
predecessor and then sent his personal best wishes to the retired pope, who
lives on the other side of St. Peter's Basilica in a refurbished monastery.
The birthday evening plans, the Vatican press office said,
included a visit and performance by the Swiss Guard band.
Pope Benedict was elected in April 2005 to succeed St. John
Paul II. He stepped down Feb. 28, 2013.