I was so excited for a minute. I saw this photo and I thought, “I have a scoop!” Then I looked more closely, and I am almost certain that’s the papal nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, standing there on the right. Archbishop Sambi, you may recall, died a few months ago.
So the photo is cool, but it’s apparently from a different year, not this year’s papal birthday party.
One interesting tidbit: There have been 265 popes since St. Peter, and only five of them have lived to the age of 85. Tomorrow, Pope Benedict XVI joins their number.