EWTN Catholic Q&A
friends or relatives of Pope
Question from Margaret M. O'Connell on 04-02-2005:

Besides his priests friends, did the Pope have any cousins, childhood friends, etc. with him (in the room) when he died? Yes, we were all with him spiritually! Thank you.

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 04-14-2005:

I am not aware that the Pope has any natural living relatives of any degree. His "brothers and sisters" are individuals like his long-time secretary Dom Stanislaw Dziwisz and Fr. Tadeusz Styczen, who succeeded him in the Chair of Ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin. These, and the Polish nuns that served the papal household were his "brothers and sisters, and mothers and children."

Present at his death were:

His Secretaries, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz and Monsignor Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki

Other friends, Cardinal Marian Jaworski, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, and Father Tadeusz Styczen

three Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, nuns who assist in the Holy Father's apartment, guided by the Superior Sister Tobiana Sobˇdka,

the Pope's personal physician Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, with the two doctors on call, Dr. Alessandro Barelli and Dr. Ciro D'Allo, as well as the two nurses on call.