Fr. Damasso, ofm cap, was the Holy Father's loyal friend and confessor even before Siri became pope. It is said that Fr. Damasso treated everyone like his beloved child. The humour in this photo is that Fr. Damasso is up one step higher so that they appear to be of the same height.
Anna Katarina Emmerich, the famous visionary and stigmatist of the late 1700’s spoke of the Holy Father in Hiding, whom she calls the Pope in Red, having a
holy confidante with him:
“August 10, 1820: . . . He [the Holy Father] can now trust but few people. That is mainly why he is hiding. But he still
has with him an aged priest who has much simplicity and godliness. He is his friend, and because of his simplicity they did not think that it would be worth removing him. But this man receives many graces from God. He sees and notices a great
many things which he faithfully reports to the Holy Father. It was required of me to inform him, while he was praying, of the traitors, and evil-doers who were to be found among the high-ranking servants living close to him, so that he might be made
aware of it.” (Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement by Yves Dupont, TAN Publishers, 1970, pp. 63-64.)