.- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal NicolÃ¡s de JesÃºs LÃ³pez RodrÃguez, pointed out that "Pope Benedict XVIâs election means a moment of great hope for the Churchâ.
âThe Holy Father, having known John Paul II so closely, and having been the man on whom he placed his total confidence in these 22 years as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will guarantee total faithfulness to the Gospelâ he assured.
The Purpurate pointed out to Fides Agency that the election of the Pontiff opens a series of expectancies, because he clearly said that he will work for the sake of Reconciliation. âThe reason to choose his name indicates his will to commit himself to the reconciliation among the peoples, as Benedict XV did, who lived the days of World War I, and had to work hardly for reconciliation and peaceâ, he said.
Cardinal LÃ³pez RodrÃguez showed his total confidence that, according to Vatican II, the path of dialogue and the ecumenical effort might be important missions of the Pontiff. âIn the person of the new Pope âhe added- everything fits properly, because he is a man of deep faith, a man of the Church, and a man who feels with the Churchâ.
Finally, Cardinal LÃ³pez RodrÃguez exorted all dominicans to pray for the new Pope, because he is a âtrue gift that the Lord has granted usâ.