An Election Reaction
by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
©Catholic Online 2005
Tuesday, April 19 was a memorable day for me in St. Peter's Square as the excited crowd of an estimated 100,000, not counting those standing on and along the nearby Via della Conciliazione, heard the result of the College of Cardinals' brief but intense deliberations: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the 265th Pope, taking the name Benedict XVI.
I was in a meeting in our office in front of the Square when I heard a crowd of people roaring at about 5:43 p.m. local time. Within two minutes, I noted a similar noise. I ran down the many stairs and into the street, passing Raymond Flynn, the former mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, as I made my way to the Square. What looked to be white smoke could be seen emanating from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel. Scores of men and women, boys and girls streamed towards the Square, glancing as they scurried at two large television screens strategically placed on either side of the Piazza that provided a close-up of the chimney.
Twenty minutes later, the impressive bells perched above the façade of St. Peter's Basilica began their festive melody, thereby effectively erasing any stubborn doubt: the Successor to Pope John Paul II had been chosen. It was only a matter of moments until his identity would be revealed.
Speculation was rampant around me. A priest with whom I live spied me from a distance and approached. "It has to be Ratzinger," he offered, referring to the seventy-eight year old theologian who hails from Bavaria and has served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1981. During the previous ten days, various Vaticaniste predicted that the multilingual and widely-traveled Cardinal Ratzinger, a prolific writer and lecturer, and former Archbishop of Munich, was the favorite to follow his longtime friend Karol Wojtyla to the Chair of St. Peter. That only four ballots were needed seemed to confirm this hunch.
After another forty minutes, the Cardinal Proto-Deacon walked onto the balcony of the Basilica to proclaim: Habemus Papam--"We have a Pope." Various sectors of the Square erupted in unrestrained shouts of glee after the Latin name Iosephus--"Joseph"--was announced, not bothering to wait for "Ratzinger."
Finally, the new Pontiff--the first German Pope in more than 900 years--appeared, labeling himself as a "humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord." He appealed to the faithful assembled to pray for him, while simultaneously entrusting himself to the celestial intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pope Benedict XVI concluded the historic occasion by imparting his Urbi et Orbi ("To the City and World") Blessing, which he as the Vicar of Christ will grant each Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
Reactions from all over the globe were forthcoming soon after the papal election. President George W. Bush, speaking for himself and his wife Laura, declared: "We join with our fellow citizens and millions around the world who pray for continued strength and wisdom as His Holiness leads the Catholic Church." And the Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, the Bishop of Fairbanks and native of Sioux Falls, observed: "Pope Benedict XVI is an intelligent man with theological fortitude, exemplary service to the Roman Catholic Church and deserving of the trust that has been bestowed upon him."
Witnessing the beginning of the Petrine ministry of Papa Ratzinger was just another in a lengthy list of unforgettable experiences for me during this cool spring in Italy's Capitol.
(From the "Sioux Falls Argus Leader," April 21, 2005.)
http://www.catholic.org/featured/insert_headline.php , VA
Monsignor Charles M. Mangan - Official, 390 66616-1125
Pope Benedict XVI
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Day 7 - Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD Video
- Has the Trump administration betrayed the Little Sisters of the Poor?
- St. Zita: Saint of the Day for Thursday, April 27, 2017
- Wait, what? Did Pope Francis just buy a private beach? Yes he did, ...
- Daily Readings for Thursday, April 27, 2017
- Pope Francis surprises with TED Talk appearance and powerful message ...
- The Saint Pio Foundation to Honor Hon. Rick and Karen Santorum and ...
- Daily Reading for Friday, April 28th, 2017 HD
- Day 6 - Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD
- Daily Reading for Thursday, April 27th, 2017 HD
- Cherokee Nation sues drug distributors while CDC claims opioid deaths are underreported HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.