Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Happy Anniversary Pope Benedict XVI!

It's been a year since that unforgettable appearance at the central balcony by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. I was at work at the time but I got to watch it live on the internet! Senior Cardinal Deacon (the Cardinal Protodeacon) Medina Estevèz made the announcement, reading the ritual words: Nuntio vobis gaudium magnum: habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum Josephum sanctae romanae ecclesiae cardinalem Ratzinger, qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedicti XVI. When our dear Cardinal Ratzinger stepped out for the first time, my heart skipped a beat and was momentarily in awe. I cannot forget the joy that filled my heart, silently cheering on! Where were you on that special day and how was your reaction?

“Dear brothers and sisters”

“After the Great John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.

“I find consolation in the fact that the Lord knows how to work with inadequate instruments and use them well, and [speaking to the crowd] I especially entrust myself to your prayers.“In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident in His permanent help, we continue [in our task].

“The Lord shall help us, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, is with us.

“Thank you!”

There were 100,000 people who waited for the white smoke longing to see their new Pope and to hear his first Urbi et Orbi. Pope Benedict was elected on the fourth ballot after a day and half of conclave. For such a short election we have go back to Pius XII, who became Pontiff in 1939 (AsiaNews).

Let us give thanks to God for blessing us with Pope Benedict XVI! Please include him always in your daily prayers.

God bless you and we love you Holy Father! May the Lord grant you strength, good health and a long life.

Some of my previous posts on the Papal election:

Habemus Papam!

The Cardinals vote and the Holy Spirit chooses.

Sandro Magister has a great article here on the Pope's first year pontificate and gives some excellent exerpts of the Holy Father's answers to a Q&A session.

Images from Associated Press.


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