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Holy smoke! Habemus papam!

Latest Newsflash of the "Inside the Vatican" magazine:

VATICAN CITY, Tuesday, April 19, 2005 -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected today as Supreme Pontiff, the 264th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Benedict XVI.

The cardinal proto-deacon made the solemn announcement to the people at 6:43 p.m. from the external loggia of the Hall of Blessings of the Vatican Basilica following the white smoke which occurred at 5:50 p.m.

Following are the words of Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez: "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam; Eminentissium ac Reverendissium Dominum, Dominum Josephum
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger, Qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI."

[I announce to you a great joy; We have a Pope; The most eminent and most reverend Lord,
Lord Joseph, Cardinal of Holy Roman Church Ratzinger, Who has taken the name Benedict XVI]


THE NEW POPE then gave his first blessing "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the City and to the World").

At 6:48, the Holy Father Benedict XVI, preceded by the cross, appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to greet the crowds gathered in the Square below and to impart his Apostolic Blessing.

Before his blessing, the new Pope spoke these words:

"Cari fratelli e sorelle, dopo il grande Papa Giovanni Paolo II, il signori cardinali hanno eletto me, un semplice e umile lavoratore nella vigna del Signore." ["Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the lord cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."]

"Mi consola il fatto che il Signore sa lavorare ed agire anche con strumenti insufficienti e soprattutto mi affido alle vostre preghiere." ["I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act also with insufficient instruments and above all I entrust myself to your prayers."]

"Nella gioia del Signore risorto, fiduciosi nel suo aiuto permanente, andiamo avanti. Il Signore ci aiuter e Maria sua Santissima Madre star dalla nostra parte. Grazie." ["In the joy of the risen Lord, trusting in his permanent help, let us go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary his Most Holy Mother will be on our side. Thank you."]

(See also Pope Benedict XVI: What's In Two Names?.)


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