“I’m going to spend some time on YouTube watching cat videos, but first I probably should Google ‘Richard Williamson …’”
I believe Gerelyn is correct that the picture includes the Pope’s parents and the two sons who became priests. It appears another family member is also in the photo. I recall seeing this photo in then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s book “Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977.”
The picture appears to be a photograph of the Ratzinger family — parents, Joseph and Maria, and their three children, Georg (monsignor), Joseph (pope), and Maria. Maria, from Joseph’s early years as a professor, was in charge of his household. She continued in that role when Cardinal Ratzinger went from Munich to Rome in 1982. She died in Rome in, I believe, 1991, at a fairly early age. The Pope has no nieces or nephews.
(I am indeed impressed by the wit of our commenting crowd.)
Thanks for the info on the picture!
If I were running the photo op I would have gotten him the white iPad2 plus the red cover, to match his outfit.
“Your Holiness, I would be more confident you’d catch on to the new technology if you weren’t still trying to figure out the joke about Et Cum Spiri-2-2-0.”
[This makes me remember when I was a kid in the 1950s, Pius XII blessed the children of the world in a radio broadcast. They piped it through the PA system, generally used for routine announcements, to our classrooms, and we all knelt for the blessing. I think I was in second grade. One of my fellow classmates, somewhat awestruck, wanted to know if the pope was in the principal's office.]
“So, if I just press this red button, the whole world will reset to pre-reformation time?”
“What have I wrought”
In my book, this is the winner:
“First thing I’m going to do is help this poor Nigerian widow.”