Archive of April 20, 2005

New Pope Benedict says ‘John Paul left us a Church that is more courageous, freer, younger’

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, formerly, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered his first homily at a Mass in the Sistine Chapel with the gathered College of Cardinals. > Read the whole homily at:

Pope Benedict lays out vision for pontificate

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With an audible sense of the weighty path, which lies ahead of him, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his first homily to the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel today, laying out what may be seen as a vision for his pontificate.

Pope Benedict calls on faithful to intensify devotion to Eucharistic Jesus

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his first pontifical homily, delivered earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI noted the significance of his pontificate starting “as the Church is living the special year dedicated to the Eucharist.”

World leaders look hopefully to new pontificate

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the world looks to Pope Benedict XVI to fill the giant shoes of Pope John Paul II, leaders from around the world—many of whom recently returned home from John Paul II’s funeral—are expressing optimism for the Church and its new shepherd.

Archbishop Chaput calls election of Pope Benedict ‘a tremendous moment for the Church’

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput, leader of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Denver is welcoming Pope Benedict XVI, formerly, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with open arms.

New Pope knows US Church, says USCCB president

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “I have always found him to be very open and pastoral, with a listening ear, especially sensitive to the situation of the Church in this country.”

Pro-life groups embrace and support Pope Benedict XVI

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Numerous pro-life groups are enthusiastic about the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next Pope, praising his track record as a defender of the dignity of human life at all its stages, from conception to natural death.

New Pope's name focuses on need to evangelize Europe, expert says

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Contrary to earlier media reports, the name taken by the new Pope, Benedict XVI, was not inspired by the former Pope by that name but by St. Benedict, the co-patron of Europe and founder of western monasticism, suggests Fr. Joseph Fession.

Catholic students express hope in new Pope

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Students at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., said they hope the new Pope will maintain and protect the traditions and teachings of the Church.

Rome mayor: People of Rome salute their bishop with excitement

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “With excitement the city of Rome salutes its Bishop,” the mayor of the Italian capital, Walter Veltroni, said on Tuesday, adding that the faithful “gathered in St. Peter’s Square gave him their first affectionate homage.” 

Family members and fellow countrymen celebrate papal election of Cardinal Ratzinger

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of people filled the main square of the small German town of Marktl am Inn, where Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was born 78 years ago. The Pontiff’s relatives joined in the local celebrations.

Bishops comment on election of Pope Benedict XVI

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Various U.S. bishops have shared their reactions to the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI and have indicated that his election signals continuity in the Church's course.

Latin America rejoices at election of Benedict XVI

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Latin America is celebrating with joy the election of the new Pope, Benedict XVI.  From Mexico to Chile millions followed the first moments of the new Pontiff, who was chosen on the second day of the Conclave.

Benedict XVI drives around Rome, visits former apartment and office.

Apr 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, after celebrating his first Mass as a Pope, Benedict XVI left the Vatican and went to visit the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith´s quarters, that he led for 24 years, where in a cordial encounter he greeted his colaborators in the dicastery

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