If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Can’t believe it’s been seven years already.
I can still remember being in history class, listening to the radio when the name “Ratzinger” was announced. I may have done a victory dance around my desk to the chagrin of the teacher who openly advocated contraception by talking about it for four weeks and poo-pooed NFP.
May the Lord bless our dear Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and may Our Lady, Mother of the Church and of the Clergy, keep him under her constant protection and guidance.
My favorite part of the video is when the Cardinal who announced the election waves to people at the end. It made my heart smile.
It was truly a happy and holy day for the Church!
Also, did you notice the number of YOUNG people in the crowd in the Piazza? And they say the Church is dying. Pah.
At about the 0:58 mark, the cardinal begins his announcement:
I announce to you a great joy:
We have a Pope!
The most eminent and most reverend Lord, Lord [Joseph],
Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church [Ratzinger],
Who takes to himself the name of [Benedict XVI].
After the announcement, preparations are made for the new pope’s first appearance which happens at the 7:09 mark.
At about the 9:31 mark, he begins his address which gets cut off by the end of this video. What he says is this:
After the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord…
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