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Pope shares his birthday breakfast with homeless

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 17, 2013 at 7:06 a.m.

VATICAN CITY — Four homeless people, one of them taking along his dog, helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican on Tuesday.

They live on the street in the Rome neighborhood just outside the Holy See's walls and were invited by the Vatican official in charge of alms-giving to attend the morning Mass which Francis celebrates daily at the hotel where he lives on Vatican City grounds, the Vatican said.

One of the men held his dog as he was presented to Francis after the guests chatted after Mass.

The Vatican also said Francis invited his household help to join him in a "family-like" atmosphere, and he spoke of them one by one during his homily.

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