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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Chatty cardinals?

Interesting article citing comments from various voting cardinals, spilling some news about the conclave. In the excitement of their countryman's election, the Germans in particular seemed a bit open (Germans?? So much for German Stoicism.) to spreading the "good news."

Tidbits - Ratzinger was elected on the 4th vote, the first of the afternoon sessions. He got more than the 2/3rds necessary support. There was spontaneous applause by the cardinals as soon as it was realized that Ratzinger had been elected! (And one of the German cardinals "burst out crying"!)

Ratzinger was reported to have looked "a bit forlorn" upon announcement of his election, but recovered well and looked "very much like the pope" by dinner.

US Cardinals also talked a little bit (though not at all as specifically as the Germans!), the most telling thing they said were these words by Cardinal Rigali, "We were looking for a successor of Peter, we were looking for a successor of John Paul II. All of us were talking about the incredible qualities of John Paul II, knowing the world is calling him 'The Great.'"

Not bad, the full article is linked below. Hopefully the German cardinals will be forgiven their transgressions against the secrecy vow in their excitement! :)

Some Cardinals Get Chatty After Conclave


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