Anno Domini MMV - Benedictus PP. XVI
Tuesday 19th April 2005. It is 18.45 in Rome, the eternal city. Is time going to stop ? Our hearts do so, as we wait with thousands of faithful in St Peter's Square, or with hundreds of millions listening to radio or watching television throughout the World. The Global Village is looking at the hesitant grey smoke that seems to be black but struggling to be white. The joyful and powerful chimes of the Basilica put an end to the uncertainty. The Cardinals have given a new Pope to the Church. 'Annuncio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus Papam.' Cardinal Ratzinger, 78, becomes the 265th Bishop of Rome. He is now known as Benedict XVI.
(VIS Vatican City) - Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany. He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1951. His father, a police officer, came from a family of farmers. He spent his adolescent years in Traunstein. From 1946 to 1951, he studied philosophy and theology in Munich and Freising. In 1953 he obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis entitled: 'The People and House of God in St. Augustine's doctrine of the Church.' He then taught dogma and fundamental theology at the higher school of philosophy and theology of Freising, in Bonn , in Munster, in Tubingen and in Regensburg. He was already well known in 1962 when, at the Vatican Council II at the age of 35, he became a consultor to Cardinal Joseph Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on May 28, 1977 he was ordained bishop. He was created and proclaimed cardinal by Paul VI in the consistory of June 27, 1977.
On November 25, 1981 he was nominated by John Paul II as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. After 6 years of work (1986-92) he presented the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the Holy Father. On November 30, 2002, the Holy Father approved his election by the Cardinal Bishops as dean of the College of Cardinals.
First message of Pope Benedict XVI
to the Cardinals the morning after his election
Vatican City, April 20, 2005 (VIS) - As Peter and the other Apostles were, through the will of the Lord, one apostolic college, in the same way the Successor of Peter and the Bishops, successors of the Apostles - and the Council forcefully repeated this - must be closely united among themselves.
This collegial communion is at the service of the Church and the unity of faith, from which depend in a notable measure the effectiveness of the evangelising action of the contemporary world.
I too wish to affirm with force my decided will to pursue the commitment to enact Vatican Council II, in the wake of my predecessors and in faithful continuity with the millennia-old tradition of the Church.
From the full communion with Him (the Risen Christ constantly present in the Eucharist) comes every other element of the life of the Church, in the first place the communion among the faithful, then the commitment to proclaim and give witness to the Gospel, the ardour of charity towards all, especially towards the poor and the smallest.
At the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome, the current Successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. The Church today must revive within herself an awareness of its mission to present the world again with the voice of the One Who said: 'I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'
In a search for the true good of mankind and of society, I address everyone with simplicity and affection, to assure them that the Church wants to continue to build an open and sincere dialogue with to those who follow other religions or who are simply seeking an answer to the fundamental questions of life and have not yet found it. them. From God I invoke unity and peace for the human family and declare the willingness of all Catholics to cooperate for true social development, one that respects the dignity of all human beings.
Mane nobiscum, Domine! Stay with us Lord!