Rome , 19 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has
been elected the new Bishop of Rome , 265th Successor to St. Peter.
The name he has chosen is: Benedict XVI.
At 17:56 in Rome , white smoke rose from
the chimney atop of the Sistine Chapel. The tolling of the bells ten
minutes after the smoke confirmed the affirmative signal. About an
hour afterwards Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina appeared from the
balcony of St. Peter´s, saying “Habemos Papam”. Thousands of people
had already gathered at St. Peter's Square.
Soon afterwards the new Pope made his first
appearance, amid an enthusiastic applause from the multitude. His
first words, in Italian, were:
“Dear brothers and sisters, after our
great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple,
humble worker in God's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the
Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools,
and I especially trust in your prayers. In the joy of the
resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure
that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our
After his words, the new Pope gave his
first blessing Urbi et Orbi, while the multitude acclaimed him
shouting “Benedict, Benedict”.
WELCOME BENEDICT XVI!
Vatican City, Apr. 19, 2005 (CNA)
- The 265th. Pontiff of the Church comes from Germany and he is Pope
Benedict XVI. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected today as the new
successor of Peter. Thousands from all around the world celebrated
the announcement at St. Peter´s Square.
The Cardinal Protodeacon Jorge Medina Estévez introduced the new
Pontiff with the much awaited "Habemus Papam", in midst of the
joyful acclamation of a vast multitude that packed the vatican
Square and the "Via da Conciliazzione". The crowd was waiting, under
a sudden rain, the first blessing of the new Pope.