Today is the anniversary of the election of Benedict XVI as Supreme Pontiff.
Remember how people buzzed about the fact that the newly-elected Benedict obviously was wearing a black long-sleeved sweater under his new white cassock rather than double-cuffs and cufflinks?
Bzzzzz… bzzzzz… bzzzzz…
Where were you? What were your thoughts at the time?
I was in Rome, on an uncomfortable chair, with an earpiece in my ear and extremely bright lights in my eyes in front of cameras for Fox News, covering the conclave with Chris Wallace and Greg Burke.
When the Cardinal Deacon said “Josephum”, I almost wrenched Burke’s arm out of its socket.
Here is a photo of the TV screen someone shot and sent me at the time… it is really unflattering (my hairline is receding, but hasn’t been quite that routed yet… not that that matters much), but… the smile was accurate.