Pope Francis is 80 years old today. In an article he wrote for America Magazine entitled Celebrate Pope Francis Turning 80 on Social Media, author Michael O’Loughlin shares how we may go about wishing him a Happy Birthday:

The Vatican announced earlier this month that well-wishers can send him birthday greetings by using the hashtag #Pontifex80 on various social media channels.


Francis is active on Twitter, having inherited the @Pontifex account from his predecessor and using the social media tool to communicate with his more than 30 million followers across nine different language accounts.


Earlier this year he also joined Instagram, posting photos and videos from the @Franciscus handle and smashing follower records over the first few days.


For those who prefer email to social media, the Vatican also created seven different email addresses to send greetings, including English (PopeFrancis80@vatican.va), Spanish (PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va) and even Latin (Papafranciscus80@vatican.va).

Join us as we wish the Holy Father a blessed Birthday! #Pontifex80