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Vatican, December 14, 2013
First Published: 19:40 IST(14/12/2013)
Last Updated: 20:02 IST(14/12/2013)

Pope Francis received a candle-topped birthday cake three days early, a surprise from children at the Vatican on Saturday.

The pontiff turns 77 on Dec. 17.

A group of children on Saturday presented him with the treat after he visited a Vatican dispensary which provides pediatric care. Francis blew out the candles.

Thanking the youngsters for the cake, he promised: "I'll tell you later if it's good or not."

The dispensary on the Vatican grounds has been distributing for more than 90 years milk, clothing, diapers, toys and even baby carriages to families in need.

During the casual meeting, a child took off Pope Francis' white zucchetto, or skullcap.

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