The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.
The picture of the pope that appears on this card was taken on November 29, 2006 during his trip to Turkey (which explains the somewhat oriental look of his miter).
This is the first time, since 2008, that there has been words in addition to the fairly easy to decipher: ‘The Catholic Press Photo wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.
I am not conversant in Latin or Italian, with even English being my second tongue. So, as ever, I had to rely on the Web to work out what the Latin and Italian denotes. [The top phrase is in Latin and the one below it is in Italian. There might be a ‘typo’ in the Latin! Please refer to the very kind and helpful comment by ‘Andrew.’ Catholic Press Photo has acknowledged that there is indeed a typo! As ‘Andrew’ points out, it should be ‘super’ rather than ‘sper.’ Happens. My middle name is ‘typos,’ BUT this was not my doing.]
As John Paul II (#265), so famously told the Italians on the day he was elected, ‘if I make a mistake you will correct me.’
It appears to say, first in Latin and then in Italian: ‘A light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us. Today the light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us’.
[Per ‘Andrew,’ the Italian is basically the same but begins with the additional word “today.” See Comments below.]
Thank you Alessia and a Jolly Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.
I also received the following card from my father’s dear friend (and contemporary), Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis, the glittering predecessors of the new cardinal from Sri Lanka. Archbishop Gomis has also been a good friend and immediately gave me permission to reprint his card. Merry Christmas to you too Father. It has been a LONG TIME, 1966 to be precise, since I had a Christmas in Ceylon, and boy did I have great Christmases there, with Santa Clause (my Baptist uncle, the lawyer) bringing me presents by the pillowcase full — because stockings were too small for all the toys that he collected over the year for my Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks for all the support and keeping me engaged and happy. It was quite a year. Getting ‘The Next Pope’ out was one of the greatest achievements of my life. I actually worked hard on that. Hoping that we all have a great 2011. Thank you.