Habemus Papam ("We have a Pope!")

April, 19, 2005 FOXnews.Election<br />

On 19 April 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on the second day of the papal conclave after four ballots. Cardinal Ratzinger had hoped to retire peacefully and said that "At a certain point, I prayed to God 'please don't do this to me'...Evidently, this time He didn't listen to me." Coincidentally, 19 April is the feast of St. Leo IX, the most important German pope of the Middle Ages, known for instituting major reforms during his pontificate.<br /><br /><br />

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Before his first appearance at the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica after becoming pope, he was announced by Jorge Medina Est���©vez, protodeacon of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Medina Est���©vez first addressed the massive crowd as "dear(est) brothers and sisters" in Italian, Spanish, French, German and English, with each language receiving cheers from the international crowd, before continuing with the traditional Habemus Papam announcement in Latin.<br /><br /><br />

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At the balcony, Benedict's first words to the crowd, given in Italian before he gave the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing in Latin, were:<br /><br /><br />

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�¢ï¿½ï¿½ Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyar

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