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HABEMUS PAPAM, CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER, POPE BENEDICT XVI

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 side.

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.

 


 

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