A Big Birthday Card for Pope Francis

Here’s an idea worth emulating.

More than 10,000 young people have signed a birthday card for Pope Francis.

The Holy Father’s birthday is December 17.

After reading this, I decided to send the Pope a Happy Birthday greeting by means of Pontifex, which is his Twitter account. You can find Pontifex here. My suggestion: Go thou and do likewise.

From Catholic News Agency:

Steubenville, Ohio, Dec 6, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 10,000 young people have signed a giant birthday card for Pope Francis, offering their prayers and well-wishes for the Holy Father’s 77th birthday on Dec. 17.

“We wanted to give the Pope a gift he would truly appreciate; something he would be proud of,” said Mark Nelson, founder of Catholic to the Max, the Ohio-based arts and gifts outlet company behind the initiative.

The 4-foot-tall card consists of a tri-fold plaque featuring an image and prayer of one of the Holy Father’s favorite Marian devotions, “Mary, Un-doer of Knots.” After collecting both physical and digital signatures, Catholic to the Max intends to send the card to the Pope later this month.

Nelson said that the idea to give the Holy Father gifts of prayer and service came from the Pope’s first “Urbi et orbi,” when he asked that the faithful pray for him before he imparted his blessing.

“From day one, he has asked all of us to pray for him and to serve the poor. This is our response,” Nelson said.

The card traveled to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis last month and acquired signatures from more than 10,000 young people.

Now that the card is back in Steubenville, Ohio, it has been gathering signatures at local Catholic parishes and Franciscan University.


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  • Gordis85

    Sounds like a wonderful gift! I do not have a twitter account so I am hoping other ways of wishing Papa Francis a happy birthday will pop up online. ^^ In the meantime I will ask a group of cloistered Nuns to pray for him in thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus for another birthday year. ^^

  • jenny

    As I suffered abuse at the hand of my father, I could not feel the joy of saying “Happy Birthday ! ” to my father.
    But once I tweet to @Pontifex, I found myself smiling and imagining that the Pope could be my father. I think it is called healing of relationships.

    • hamiltonr

      Beautiful Jenny. When Pope Francis went to the prison last Holy Thursday wash the feet of juvenile prisoners, one of them remarked, “For the first time, someone says he is my father.”