VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2005 (Zenit.org).- German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, was elected Pope today, the second day of the conclave, and has taken the name Benedict XVI.
Here is a translation of his first greeting, which he gave from the balcony of the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters:
After the great Pope, John Paul II, the Lord Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord’s vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord is able to work and act with insufficient instruments and, above all, I rely on your prayers.
In the joy of the risen Lord, confident of his permanent help, let us go forward. The Lord will help us. Mary, his Most Holy Mother, is on our side. Thank you.
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[Translation by ZENIT]
After prolonged applause, Pope Benedict XVI imparted the apostolic blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city of Rome and the world), and took his leave of the faithful.