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- Pope Benedict XVI (BBC News)
"Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected as the Pope - the head of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics."
"Taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, the 78-year-old German appeared on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica." 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI (BBC News)
Provides a profile of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. "As one of the most influential men in the Vatican, he presided over the Pope's funeral earlier this month and was said to be among the pontiff's closest friends."
"Cardinal Ratzinger has been head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - formerly known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition - since 1981."
"One of his first campaigns was against liberation theology, which had gained ground among priests in Latin America and elsewhere as a means of involving the Church in social activism and human rights issues."
"He has described homosexuality as a 'tendency' towards an 'intrinsic moral evil'. During the US election campaign, he called for pro-choice politicians to be denied Communion. 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI (Wikipedia.org)
"His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI), born Joseph Alois Ratzinger  (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:De-Joseph_Kardinal_Ratzinger.ogg) on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany, was elected the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on April 19, 2005. By virtue of his office, he is the Sovereign of the Vatican City State, and is also styled the Holy Father by Catholics. He will be formally installed as the new pontiff during the Mass of Papal Installation on April 24, 2005, although he officially became pope and Bishop of Rome the moment he accepted his election in the conclave." 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI - Challenges for the New Pope (CNN News)
" 'One issue that the new pope should face is the problem on terrorism and the reasons for its being,' said Fernando Flores of the Philippines. 'I hope that the new pope may cause its downfall the way Pope John Paul II did with communism -- in a way that speaks with love, understanding and non-violence.' "
"Another common theme was the problem of poverty and addressing the economic divide between the developed world and the third world. This issue could be a critical one for the next pope, as church attendance has dropped off in the United States and Europe in recent decades and the Catholic Church has seen most of its recent growth come in Africa and Latin America."
" 'The next pope's biggest problem, I think, is the secularization of the developed world. Europeans are turning away from religion altogether. A new chapter will begin in the religious world with the election of a new pope,' wrote Aaron Kinney, from Los Angeles, California. 'Will he bring Europe back to religion or will Europe continue to snub the church?' " 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI - Reactions to the New Pope (BBC News)
Provides reactions from leaders. 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI - What's in a Name (CBS News)
"Pope Benedict had the option to pick from any of his 264 predecessors, use his own first name or come up with something new."
"Vatican-watchers will read the choice like tea leaves offering clues to the spirit of the new papacy."Benedict comes from the Latin word for 'blessing.' "
"The last pope to choose the name — Benedict the 15th — served during World War One and was credited with settling animosity between traditionalists and modernists." 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI - World's Catholics Celebrate Choice (CBS News)
"From Notre Dame in Paris to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, cathedral bells tolled and prayers were offered Tuesday to celebrate the election of Pope Benedict XVI."
"Roman Catholics and political and religious leaders around the world embraced the staunchly conservative Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as successor to the hugely popular Pope John Paul II. Many watched live television broadcasts of the white smoke that puffed from a Vatican chimney to tell the world a new pontiff had been chosen." 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Same-Sex Unions (CBS News)
"Pope Benedict XVI condemned same-sex unions as anarchic 'pseudo-matrimony' Monday and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion." 6-05
- Pope Benedict XVI Profile (Fox News)
"Joseph Ratzinger was born April 16, 1927." 4-05
- Pope Benedict XVI's Speech (Guardian Unlimited)
"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me - a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."
"The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers." 4-05