Cantucci and Vin Santo with the Future Pope

The author, a former Swiss Guard, recalls a meeting with Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, former Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and former Dean of the College of Cardinals, in which then-Cardinal Ratzinger joined them for cookies and dessert wine. Later, Mr. Enazler asked Cardinal Gantin if Ratzinger would be pope. “He laughed and just shook his head saying, ‘Ah…Mario!’ He couldn’t say yes, because it is the Holy Spirit who chooses, but it was almost a yes!