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Pope Francis blew out a single birthday candle on an extra-long birthday pizza

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Today is the birthday of Pope Francis! Pope Francis lives in Vatican City! Which is located within Italy! And so naturally, for his birthday, Francis blew out a candle on a pizza!

Francis, 81, told the children surrounding him during the celebration that they must eat all of the pizza and that it would make them grow. The pope said it, so it must be true!

The papal Birthday happened to coincide with his weekly Sunday appearance to the faithful. Thousands of children were present in St. Peter's Square to shout birthday wishes to Francis.

In Italy, pizza for parties is often baked in long form rather than in the common round shape, which are meant instead for individual portions. At the Vatican, rectangular-shaped pieces of pizza were stretched end-to-end on a table and a tall, white candle stuck in the middle.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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