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19-04-2005
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The World Welcomes a New Pope
The white smoke is billowing from the Papal chimney.
The bells of Saint Peter are ringing.
There is no mistake, the cardinals have elected a new pope.

This is such an anticipatory moment - I think for the world, whether you are Catholic or not.

I wish I was in that square right now.

They have not announced who he is quite yet.

What a fantastic ritual - so medieval...it really feels like we are witnessing history (I guess it does every time this happens)...

Peace.

 
 
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I hope it's either the Nigerian candidate or Joseph Ratzinger!

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I hope it isn't Ratzinger. He's overconservative and about a year ago he said that the only true Christian Churches are the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox, thus implying that the Protestant Churches are heresies.

 
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I would actually like to see a conservative Pope... wow! thanks for the info fezbatik....!

 
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yay for Ratzinger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Good call Oanadobre. Pope Benedict XVI = Joseph Ratzinger.

 
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i would love to see an ethnic pope, i think that it will have a huge influence...

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Good call Oanadobre. Pope Benedict XVI = Joseph Ratzinger.
I agree! I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Yay! He was one of my choices because I feel that John Paul II would have chosen him, too... I'm only sorry that the Catholic Church isn't ready for a black Pope just yet...

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Congratulations to Joseph Ratzinger, the new Pope Benedict XVI.

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German cardinal elected new pope

Joseph Ratzinger will be Pope Benedict XVI




VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been selected by the Roman Catholic church as the new pope.

Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez of Chile made the announcement to a cheering crowd in St. Peter's Square.

Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI, appeared on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica to greet the people and deliver his first papal blessing.

Earlier, white smoke rose from a Sistine Chapel chimney and bells rang Tuesday, signaling the selection of a new pope.

The crowd clapped and waved flags as the smoke began to billow over Vatican City about 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET).

Suspense built as the throng waited for the symbolic ringing of bells, at which point the crowd broke into a roar of jubilation.

The conclave of 115 cardinals had voted three times previously -- once Monday night and twice Tuesday morning -- before selecting the new pope.

The cardinals' morning ballots were burned at about 11:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m. EDT).

Chemicals are added to the ballots to turn the smoke white or black.

Pope John Paul II, who died April 2 at age 84, had decreed that white smoke be accompanied by the ringing of bells, to avoid a repeat of the confusion after his election in 1978.

Ratzinger needed two-thirds of the votes to be selected.

Speculation rife

There has been a great deal of speculation about who may be chosen to succeed John Paul II, who died April 2 at the age of 84, but cardinals have been mum.

Some taking part in the conclave said they are looking for a leader who presents a hopeful vision, who can "generate some dynamism and some optimism within Catholicism," CNN Vatican analyst John Allen said.

The first clues to the process of finding a successor were sought during the homily or sermon delivered by Ratzinger at Monday's public Mass.

"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism," Ratzinger said.

Allen said Ratzinger delivered a "very blunt" message for the church to "stay true to itself."

That was a strong indication that Ratzinger, 78, wants a "traditionalist" elected the next pope, Allen said.

John Paul was widely credited with extending the reach of the papacy. He spoke more than a dozen languages and set an unprecedented pattern of pastoral travel, drawing huge crowds all over the world.

He was also strictly traditional on issues of sexuality and the role of women in the church, which won him support among some Catholics but alienated others. Similar disagreement exists over the next pontiff's stances on issues such as birth control, stem cell research and the ordination of female priests.

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great article Sloan, thank you!

 
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have they actually anounced it yet ?? who it is that is

 
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this pope is bad news, specially for us gays... the tradition continues. it wouldnt matter that much if the church didnt wield so much influence, but no matter what we're assured of, it still does

 
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thats really bad. I personally think (dont go mad just my opinion) religion has a lot to answer for and cause more bad then good. It serigates people.

 
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