Habemus Papam! As of 5:51PM Rome time the Catholics around the world got a new pope. Cardinal Jozeph Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Less than an hour after the white smoke billowed from a chimney to the right of the basilica and the bells rang, the new pope appeared at the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Although the crowds at St. Peter’s square cheered, many were caught by surprise and were having mixed feelings. Soon enough the labeling came out — the conservative hardliner, God’s rottweiler, good theologian, extraordinary intelligent, a humble and kind man, and many more (including ‘imaginative’ suspicion that he’s had strategically plotted his moves a long time ago). Well, many people thought the cardinals would choose someone that’s more progressive, more liberal, although Cardinal Ratzinger led many online polls prior to conclave. Many people who had met him before didn’t share the image put forward by media. I agree with Father Thomas Rosica, “Let’s give this pope time. Probably we are the ones that will be caught by surprised.” Let’s pray as he begins his pontificate…
Following are links to coverage around this new pope:
- Text of New Pope’s First Speech from scotsman.com.
- Web quickly spreads word of new pope from CNET News.com.
- Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger becomes Pope Benedict XVI from globeandmail.com.
Vatican City — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a longtime guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope was presented to worshippers at St. Peter’s Square. [Read more…]
- Indepth: Pope Benedict XVI – filling the shoes of the fisherman from CBC News Online
The election of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. By some accounts, he had been the frontrunner to succeed John Paul II for months. Italian media said he entered the conclave with as many as 35 or even 50 cardinals prepared to lean his way. [Read more…]
- New pope a guardian of orthodoxy from MSNBC News
Vatican City, April 19 – In his words and actions, Pope Benedict XVI has shown a determination to hold fast to the moral certainties that have guided him from the horrors of Nazi Germany through the tumult of the 1960s — even though these beliefs appear to be falling out of public favor across Europe and much of the developed world. [Read more…]
- In Selection of New Pope, Third World Loses Out from The New York Times
Rio de Janeiro, April 19 – Not this time, not yet. Though a majority of Roman Catholics now live in Latin America, Africa and Asia, those among the faithful who were openly hoping for a pope from the developing world were disappointed. [Read more…]
- Tests for an Unbending Pope… from washingtonpost.com
Rome — Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, is not afraid to be unpopular. That is why he was elected pope Tuesday. It is also why he will face excruciating difficulties in holding together the most ethnically, geographically and ideologically diverse religious institution in the world. [Read more…]
- For bloggers, Pope Benedict XVI ‘rocks’ from Sify.com.
- Pope Benedict XVI from Wikipedia.
- The Holy Father: Benedict XVI in Vatican Official Website.