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Christmas Letter 1934

young pope In 1934 - a young German boy wrote a letter for Christmas:
 Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children.
Also bring joy to me. I would like a Volks-Schott, green clothing for Mass, and a heart of Jesus.
I will always be good.
Greetings from Joseph Ratzinger.


Volks-Schott: first copy of the peoples' missal in German
green cloth
: his mother made ‘vestments’ for ‘playing’ saying Mass.
he
art of Jesus: picture of the Sacred Heart

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Wow. I wonder if what he was referring to was something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SMALL-ANTIQUE-FRAMED-SACRED-HEART-OF-JESUS-L-M-C-FRANCE-CONVEX-GLASS-FRAME-/251201283059?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7cc363f3

That one is French, but I wonder if they also had similar items in Germany.
I would imagine it would be a cheap plain copy of the old style.
I'm afraid I only have one response to this, and it's along the lines of 'awwwww!'
(I'm a sucker for genuine cuteness.)
Does history relate whether he received them?
I'm afraid not. The letter, found during the renovation of a house that Joseph Ratzinger's occupied when he was a professor in Regensburg, was published on Dec. 18. The message was discovered in the estate of his sister Mary, who kept the letter after the Pope's house was converted into a small museum dedicated to him.