and Resources on Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II
On April 19, 2005 German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected the
265th pope and took the name Pope Benedict XVI. We pray for
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI and for his work in the "vineyard of the
is a translation of Pope Benedict XVI's first greeting, given
from the balcony of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI, April 19, 2005
of providence, look with love on Benedict, our Pope, your appointed
successor to St. Peter on whom you built your Church. May he be the
visible center and foundation of our unity in faith and love. Grant
this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (from the Roman
We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI
by Matthew Bunson
Noted Catholic author and historian Mathew E. Bunson, D.Min., provides a
detailed portrait of Benedict XVI, introducing Catholics to a man of
powerful intellect and confident faith who now must lead the Church as it
confronts some of the most challenging issues facing modern men and women.
Bunson examines what made him the man he is today, what you are not being
told about him by the secular media , and what lies ahead for Catholics
Photo Credit: "L'Osservatore
Romano" photo from the book John Paul II: A Light for the World