|"You are all dwarfs in comparison to me!"|
Note the microphones in front of some of the popes.
Okay, woodland creatures, who is the mystery man in mufti in the picture on the Vatican Radio site? And how about the man on the extreme right? The shock of white hair makes the Bear think of Pope St. Pius X. That would complete the set, too. But the profile depiction makes it harder. Pius XI was the first pope to make a radio address (c. 1931).
Other papal firsts:
- to appear on film -- Pope Leo XIII 1896
- to make a radio broadcast -- Pius XI c. 1931
- to have a full-length motion picture made of him -- Pope Pius XII "Pastor Angelicus" 1942 (available on YouTube in Italian) apparently having something to do with the Prophecy of St. Malachi
- to appear on television -- Pius XII
- to admit cameras into the Vatican to film a "day in the life" -- Pope John XXIII 1961
- to fly in an airplane -- Pope Paul VI (imagine!)
- to talk to people in space -- Pope Benedict XVI 2011 to International Space Station
- to do a question and answer on television -- Pope Benedict XVI 2011
- to release a video celebrating indifferentism -- Pope Francis 2016
Mass with Venerable Pope Pius XII
In other news, Thursday the Vatican is sponsoring a circus for up to 2000 poor and homeless people, according to the Papal Almoner. Where are the Bears? People want to see a Bear riding a motorcycle, not some fancy horses prancing around. But see how fat and delicious they look! It takes the Bear back to his time in Pablo Fanques' circus. Another horse man, but he knew the Bear would be a big attraction.