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Benedict the Builder Comes to America

By Deacon Keith Fournier
Catholic Online

"Habemus Papem", "We Have a Pope!" the Cardinal announced.

On April 19, 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the 265th Pope. He chose the name of Benedict XVI, in honor of St. Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism, and of Benedict XV, who had presided from the Chair of Peter during World War I and was an ardent promoter of peace.

In the choosing of his name the signals were already being sent by this extraordinary man.

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"With great joy we anticipate the first apostolic visit of his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, to the United States of America, April 15-20, 2008. We pledge our prayers in preparation for this historic journey, that hearts may be opened to God's love and fidelity by our Holy Father's pilgrimage."

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