“Good evening!”, he said. “What an honor, Holiness…”, some answered. A lady reminded him of her having sent a bouquet of stelle alpine [edelweiss]. “Yes, that is true, thank you!”, the Pope answered. “I sent you mushrooms,” another one said. “Ah, yes, the mushrooms, I have eaten them,” said Ratzinger. Then, approaching the journalists who expected him with open notepads, he shook their hands and asked them: “Why do you write? There is no news…”.
I can just picture the Holy Father going into the kitchen where he’s staying and finding a bowl of fresh mushrooms and picking through them with delight. So humble. So real. So good.