Pope Benedict marks fourth anniversary as pontiff
April 19, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI today marked the fourth anniversary of his election as pontiff with an appeal for tolerance ahead of tomorrow's opening of a United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva.
Greeted with applause and cheers at Castelgandolfo, the papal residence South of Rome, he thanked the faithful for their good wishes on anniversary of his election and on his birthday last week, when he turned 82. He said he "never felt alone" and thanked God for the "chorus of so much affection", smiling broadly as pilgrims shouted their greetings and sang an impromptu chorus of "Happy Birthday to You". the rest