The holy card presented here is the funerary card for Herrn Joseph Ratzinger, the father of Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger, Sr., was a police officer who bitterly resented the Nazis, resulting in demotions and harassment for all the family.
As his holy card states, he was born March 6, 1877, and died on August 25, 1959.
Translation of the Contents of Funerary Card:
Remember in prayers
my dear husband and our good father,
Mister Joseph Ratzinger, Policeman i.R. (im Ruhestand/in retirement)
Born on 6th March 1877 in Rieckering
near to Schwanenkirchen Niederbayern
Died on 25th August 1959 in Traunstein
For your believers, our Lord, life is not taken
away; it´s only in a new shape. When this
shelter (Herberge) of our way on earth will be
disintegrated into dust (earth), there is prepared
an eternal home in heaven.
This is an unusual addition to Papal Artifacts and a treasured memento of the father of our Holy Father, Benedict XVI.
We are grateful to Elfriede Klar of Esch, Germany, for her assistance in this translation.