April 19th, 2005

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Second and Third Votes Inconclusive

The 115 cardinals taking part in the conclave to elect Pope John Paul II’s successor, the 265th Roman pontiff, took two votes this morning but elected no new pope. Ballots from those votes were burned and produced black smoke, indicating that no choice had been made. Two more votes are scheduled later today. When a new pope is chosen, smoke from the Vatican chimney will be white; the next ballot burning is expected at 1500 EDT.

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Viva il Papa!

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam! Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Iosephum, Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Ratzinger, qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedicti Decimi Sexti.

I announce to you a great joy: We have a Pope! The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lord, the Lord Joseph, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Ratzinger, who takes to himself the name of Benedict the Sixteenth.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ,
Successor of the Prince of the Apostles,
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church,
Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy,
Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City
Servant of the Servants of God

”Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord’s vineyard. I am comforted by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act even with insufficient instruments. And above all, I entrust myself to your prayers. With the joy of the risen Lord and confidence in His constant help, we will go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary, His most holy mother, will be alongside us. Thank you.” -- Benedictus PP. XVI, 19 April 2005

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