German newspapers are reporting that Benedict XVI's parents met after the Pope's father advertised in a local Catholic newspaper seeking "a good Catholic girl, who can cook and sew a bit".
The German paper, Bild am Sonntag said 43-year-old Joseph Ratzinger senior placed an advertisement as a "low-level civil servant" seeking "a good Catholic girl ... to marry as soon as possible, preferably with a picture," in a Bavarian paper in March 1920.
Four months later - by now a "mid-ranking civil servant" - he posted a similar notice in the same paper, and this time received a reply from Maria Peintner, 36, an illegitimate baker's daughter, the paper reported.
The second advert in the Altoetting weekly Liebfrauenbote stressed policeman Ratzinger's "irreproachable past" and said that while it would be "desirable" if his bride had some money, it was "not a condition" for marriage.
Seems like personal ads are the way people seem to meet one another these days - but back in the 20's, I would imagine it was a rarity.