We Have a New Pope!

  1. Josef Cardinal Ratzinger has just been elected the 265th Pope! His new name is Benedict XVI.

    Not really surprising, given the pre-Conclave discussions, but we have a leader again, and all's right with the world.

    May God bless our new Pope with wisdom, grace, compassion, and a long and fruitful reign.

    Viva il Papa!
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  2. 75 Comments

  3. by   UM Review RN
    That was fast! (For Rome, I mean.)

    Congratulations, Catholics! :hatparty:
  4. by   z's playa
    God bless him and all those who took on the monumental task of choosing the new Pope!


    Z
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/st...5&nav=4QcHYqFY

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a longtime guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI....
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I just heard about it on the radio.

    He is pretty close in values with Pope John Paul. A believer in the orthodoxy of the Catholic Church.

    I'm not Catholic but it makes sense to me that you don't change your religion's precepts due to the wind of popular opinion. That can swing in a lot of directions. My own personal opinion is that you should stay true to your roots, your truth, your beginning.

    If a church starts changing things that each and every parishoner doesn't like then the church ceases to exist.

    steph
  7. by   prmenrs
    John Paul I was supposed to have told the other cardinals: "God will forgive you for what you have done to me!" (I think it was a joke!!)
  8. by   z's playa
    I just noticed the new Pope is 78 years old! Wow. Hope he's in good health :redpinkhe

    Z
  9. by   z's playa
    Quote from prmenrs
    John Paul I was supposed to have told the other cardinals: "God will forgive you for what you have done to me!" (I think it was a joke!!)

    Geez..my mom is constantly telling me that exact same thing! :chuckle

    Z
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Spacenurse started a thread about the new pope too called "Habemus Papam" - maybe they could be merged?

    Thanks,

    steph
  11. by   Tweety
    Best of luck to him. My German ex-Catholic mom must be having some strange feelings right now, since he's from Germany.

    Z's, most of the Cardinals in the running seemed to be into their 70s. But 78 does seem awfully old to be leading the Church for life. Not that age matters more than a clear mind and a pure heart.
  12. by   z's playa
    Not that age matters more than a clear mind and a pure heart. (quote)

    Very true Tweety..very true

    Z
  13. by   Tweety
    The news says he's pretty hard nosed "no women priests, no homosexuals, no rock music, etc.............." Old school doctrines still.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    The news says he's pretty hard nosed "no women priests, no homosexuals, no rock music, etc.............." Old school doctrines still.
    NO ROCK MUSIC?!?

    Ok - that's it. I'm outta here . . . . . wait, I'm not Catholic.

    Whew . .I'm ok, I'm ok, really . . . .

    steph

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