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Pope Francis Celebrates 78 Birthday with Cake, Mate and Tango

There was a festive atmosphere at the weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, as Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday.

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Image: Pope Francis, who's 78th birthday is today, smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican on Dec.17, 2014.

There was a festive atmosphere at the weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, as Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday.

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Pope Francis blows candles on a birthday cake in St. Peter's Square.

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A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter's Square Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter's Square for a milonga to mark Pope Francis' 78th birthday.

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Image: Pope Francis, who's 78th birthday is today, greets priests as he arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis greets priests as he arrives to lead his general audience.

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Pope Francis sips "mate" at St Peter's square at the Vatican. Yerba mate is a popular coffee alternative in Argentina.

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square.

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