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Ex-Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates 90th Birthday With Beer (Photos)

Benedict sipped the beer alongside his brother, Mgr Georg Ratzinger, and received a gift basket that included pretzels.

The retired pontiff was born on April 16, 1927, in southern Germany. But since the birthday coincided this year with Easter Sunday, the occasion was celebrated on Monday.

On a sunny, mild day, guests sat outside the monastery on Vatican City grounds where Benedict has lived since he became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

From left, Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his brother Georg sit on the occasion of a party for Benedict’s 90th birthday, at the Vatican Monday, April 17, 2017. His aide, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, said Benedict’s birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday this year, will be celebrated on Monday in Bavarian style in keeping with the emeritus pontiff’s roots. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meets a delegation from Bavaria on the occasion of a party for his 90th birthday, at the Vatican Monday, April 17, 2017. His aide, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, said Benedict’s birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday this year, will be celebrated on Monday in Bavarian style in keeping with the emeritus pontiff’s roots. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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