Why Cardinal Ratzinger Chose the Name Pope Benedict XVI

Written by Henry Yao

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected torepparttar papal throne on April 19, 2005,repparttar 136905 second day ofrepparttar 136906 conclave. He chose to be known henceforth as Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal from Germany isrepparttar 136907 265th pope inrepparttar 136908 Catholic Church history.

But whyrepparttar 136909 name Benedict? We have long been accustomed to having a pope named John, or Paul, or a combination thereof. In fact, quite many catholics today have known only one pope in their lifetime. Well, at least beforerepparttar 136910 late Pope John Paul II passed away and Pope Benedict XVI came along. Some, though, who are much older have also known Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI. A few lucky ones can even remember as far back as Pope John XXIII,repparttar 136911 smiling pope who initiatedrepparttar 136912 Second Vatican Council inrepparttar 136913 early 1960's.

Why Benedict? In his first general audience held in St. Peter's Square,repparttar 136914 Pope explained that he choserepparttar 136915 name Benedict XVI as a link to Benedict XV,repparttar 136916 Italian pope who guidedrepparttar 136917 Church duringrepparttar 136918 turbulent era ofrepparttar 136919 First World War. Pope Benedict XV tried many times, though unsuccessfuly, to negotiate peace amongrepparttar 136920 warring nations. He organized significant humanitarian efforts to guaranteerepparttar 136921 well-being and freedom of people affected byrepparttar 136922 war.


Written by Irvin L. Rozier

I woke up this morning and sensed a change A new direction for merepparttar Lord is about to arrange Many obstacles and hills have been in my way Today isrepparttar 136698 third day ofrepparttar 136699 month of May

I've been hindered and oppressed for many years I've had many doubts and my share of fears The Lord has heard my anguished cries He has seen my tears and took note of my sighs

Jesus knows how many burdens I can take He will intervene and make a way of escape I know his word is strength and truth I read inrepparttar 136700 Bible how he blessed sister Ruth

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