Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI Addresses Crowd

Update 1:11 PM EST (via The New York Times)

The following is the transcript of remarks delivered by Pope Benedict XVI as provided by CQ Transcriptions, Inc.

POPE BENEDICT XVI (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard.

I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.

In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help, and Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.

Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

(UNKNOWN): Long live the pope!

BENEDICT (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Thank you.

Let us proceed with the blessing.

Holy apostles, Peter and Paul, we trust in your power and in your authority. Please bless us through Lord Jesus, our lord, amen.

Through the prayers and intercession of our lady, blessed John Baptist and all the apostles, Peter and Paul, and all the saints, omnipotent God, have mercy on us, and please remit all our sins with the blessing of Jesus Christ, and lead us into the eternal life. Amen.

May there be indulgence and absolution and the remission of all your sins. After having repented duly, and may your life be blessed, and may you have the consolation of the grace of the Holy Spirit. And may, through your perseverance and your good works, the Lord, in his omnipotence and in his mercy, forgive you. Amen.

And I bless, through the Lord omnipotent, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May the blessing be upon you and always be with you.

Amen.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Back in the 80's, I used to think Ratzinger would be next. He worked so closely with John Paul II, and his knowlege of the world and the people in it is phenomenal. He's a brilliant man, is our Benedict XVI!

Benedicto XVI said...

I'm very happy :-)

Andy H said...

lol

Pogue Mahone said...

Congratulations to Pope Benedict XVI! Viva il papa!

Anyone know why he picked "Benedict"?

slainte,
ls

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Benedicto XVI said...

Grazie!

Anonymous said...

God IS in charge. For those who think he is just "a transitional Pope, they should remember John 23rd.

Anonymous said...

A year ago I honestly never thought I would say this but I am extremely happy at the election of Benedict XVI - I think his words in the homily of the mass before the conclave rang true with many around the world. Grazie, indeed!

Anonymous said...

As a German and a Bavarian I have to admit being a little pride that the new pope is from my homeland but regardless I would have incredibly if the new pope were an African, Asian, Italian, or anything else.
I think everyone should give him the chance to show what type of pope he will be - and not just label him a conservative transitional pope. We could all be in for some suprises!

Courtney said...

I agree. I think both sides are being incredibly disingenuous: the far right is expecting a heavy hand on "those lefty liberal nuns" and the far left is expecting the Inquisition. Let's see what he can do before we censure his papacy.

Anonymous said...

I would love him no matter who he was, too, but as an American of Bavarian and southern Polish descent whose views mostly match JP's and now Benedict's .... my cup runneth over! Gosh, I so wanted this guy! He is the best person the entire Church has and oh it is a big church!

Jeane d'Arc said...

Old Name: Holy Office of the Inquisition
New Name: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
(Renamed in 1908 by Pope Pius X)
On November 25, 1981 Pope John Paul II named Joseph Ratzinger prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Or put another way, Ratzinger was in charge of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.
He is an old man... but let us see.

John said...

In the "Nah, I don't care about my job" column:

"It seems that he is too conservative. Hopefully the Holy Spirit can help him change. We expected a person like John Paul. Somebody who could give the Church alternatives ... open the Church to the world, look more at reality." - Jurandir Arauj, National Conference of Brazilian Bishops

Real smart, that. Badmouth your new boss.

katy said...

I'm out of here, with the first good-looking schism that comes along.

Anonymous said...

Well, katy, you have your choice of about a thousand of them out there, and they would all be thrilled to take you along with them on the road to perdition.

ElCapitanAmerica said...

katy;

What has changed to make you get "out of here".

Pope Benedict XVI doesn't seem that far off theologically from Pope John Paul II. Then suddenly you're willing to get out of the Church?

What is it in particular that makes you say that, when it doesn't look like things have changed that much (for now ...)

Jerome said...

Because, if we derive anything from the truth communicated to humanity by Christ, it's that the road to Heaven is paved with legalistic doctrinal hairsplitting, rather than some sort of clear and concise guidelines for Christian behavior.

Right?

Len said...

Dear Benedict XVI,

Congratulations and may the light and love of the eternal shine on you always. Please learn the lesson of the Post Tsunami experience where the world rallied to raise funds and help the victims of that devastating tzunami to start to rebuild their lives.

What would be a the most divine use of the entire Roman Catholic Hierarchy is to engage in raising and distributing monies to help feed the millions of impoverished in Africa, South America, India and Asia. The existing aid agenicies, ie Red Cross, etc. are inadequate and poorly supported. The Church has wealth and more importantly, status, to help the hungry as the Church's FIRST cause. The cost of your inauguration alone could feed a million starving children in Africa.

Good luck as you use your power to heal and help wisely and for the greatest good of all.

palinurus said...

Yeah, I noticed that "anachronistic" fidelity to the Church Magisterium really hurt John Paul II. I mean, only two million people at his funeral and hundreds of million more watching on TV. Damn! If only he'd been more relevant!

Anonymous said...

Lol! I seriously doubt Ratzinger will give his inauguration money to starving kids in Africa!

palinurus said...

And leave it to some coward to hide behind anonymity to defame the new pope.

Just for the record, his joining was forced, he never attended meetings, he asked that his name be struck from the rolls (a risky demand in itself), and when conscripted into the army at age 16, he deserted at the first opportunity.

And the Catholic Church doesn't run more AIDS hospitals than any institution in the world, right? Its racism must account for its booming growth in Africa.

Anonymous said...

The growth of the catholic faith in Africa is nothing new. Since the first Portuguese colonies were established in the 1500's the catholic church has sought to create a catholic community there because it is easier to convert desperate uneducated people.

Anonymous said...

Since when does 'popularity' mean relevance? If the Church is so relevant why the empty churches and lack of vocations? The Church is not connecting with modern society - nothing could be more obvious.

Anonymous said...

Palinurus: just because you don't agree with what i've said there is no cause to be uncivilised. I am not a coward and i simply chose to be anonymous because i was too lazy to register.

palinurus said...

Well, the people in Africa may not be as "educated" as Anonymous, but fortunately for them, Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, not a gift from the Columbia University Board of Regents. If the Church was not offering these people something important, they would not be joining.

As to the other Anonymous comment, I think it is hard to argue that JPII was wildly popular, but totally irrelevant. He was not a performer, indeed, he could hardly talk for the last five years. Rather, he transmitted a message of truth and faith that was perceived as genuine and, yes, relevant, by people, not all of whom agreed with all of his message. It is because he was relevant, and because his message was relevant, that it has been attacked so strenuously by people like you anonymous ones, who know that he had a genuine effect on the culture, an effect that they opposed.

Well, sorry. What is past is prologue.

palinurus said...

Who's uncivilized? Who's calling the new pope a fascist and a Nazi? Grow up, sport.

Donna Boucher said...

Where can I find the new Pope's speech in Latin? I am a homeschooling mom and would like my daughter to translate it for class.
Thank you very much.

Donna

James said...

Truly it is sad that on this historic day there are those that insist upon bringing out their axes to make critical comments about our new pope simply to promote their narrow agenda.

I think that despite all the handicapping and the predictions, PBXVI will prove that the Lord continues to work through His Holy Church by having the office mold PBXVI, rather than the other way around.

Also, remember that if PBXVI is blessed with the same sort of longevity as PJPII, this could be much more than a "transitional" papacy!

Something not being mentioned that may become more important in the future is how PBXVI develops a relationship with the ordinary people of the church. That is, as Cardinal and before he was a tremendous scholar and a philosopher that was accustomed to and moved in relatively restricted circles. He is also very adept and comfortable with most of the Cardinals and the "interior workings" of the church. However as pope (especially following PJPII's legacy) he will now need to translate that into a more visible and accessible to the people persona.

Anonymous said...

So, Cardinal Ratzinger dies and goes to heaven, and is waiting in line with two ther cardinals to see God, and to discuss theology with him. The first cardinal goes in, comes out a few minutes later, crying. "How could I have been so wrong?" he asks...

Second cardinal goes in, spends a few minutes with God, comes out crying: "How could I have been so wrong?" He says.

Cardinal Ratzinger goes in to talk to God. A few minutes later God comes out, crying: "How could I have been so wrong?"

Santa said...

the joke was supposed to star St Peter -- the first pope, actually, not God ...

tagryn said...

Donna,

I believe his speech was made in Italian, so it may be a little difficult to find it in Latin. It may be translated into such by the Vatican news service; good places to keep an eye on for that are the Vatican web site (http://www.zenit.org/english/) and at Zenit (http://www.zenit.org/english/), which is where JPII's Rogito was available online in English and Latin.

Donna Boucher said...

tagryn,
Thank you very much. I will go search the sites you recommend.

Blessings,
Donna

Nubchai said...

I wish the new Pope well. I think he deserves a grace period before we judge him one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

Donna:
I read somewhere that His Holiness is going to preach his Sunday homily (during his Inauguration Mass) in Latin. You might get a hold of that homily after Sunday I guess.

Anonymous said...

I feel Cardinal Lustiger would've made a much better pope. He truly bridges the gap between faiths and takes a much more liberal stand on the "problem" issues.

Anonymous said...

hello POPE BENIDICT XVI...Can I ask you something...How did you get your name?

Jimbo said...

Anonymous,

If you don't mind, allow me to answer this question. Pope Benedict XVI is very busy and will not be able to get to this blog immediately (if ever). When a new Pope is elected, he gets to choose for himself a new name, just as Simon took on the new name Peter when called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ.

Some have said that Joseph Ratzinger chose the name Benedict XVI to honor the Pope of the early 20th century, Benedict XV. You can read more about that here.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be because of ST Benedict?

sctty532 said...

Pope Benedict XVI will do great dont make fun of him please.

Hester said...

As a priest its intersting and promising to see how and why the Cardinals voted for Ratzinger. One, they did not beleive his nationality was relevent to a papacy. Two, they did not believe that his age (78) was relevent. Three, they did not believe that his not ever serving as a parish priest was an impediment. Four, (by not electing an italian) the Cardinals Broke a 490 year old tradition. First broken in 1978 with John Paul II. In sum, the Cardinals broke tradition, and ignored other issues to elect Benedict XVI. Their rational was that they did this for the good of the church. If Cardinals can do this in Rome why can't we priest do this to secure the future of the church?

Anonymous said...

You are great:)