Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Germany's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Named Pope Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been elected the 265th pontiff today by the College of Cardinals. He was announced as tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square. He has chosen the name Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced. The announcement came shortly after white smoke rose from the Vatican chimney and bells rang to announce that a new pope had been selected. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, has been the Vatican's chief overseer of doctrine since 1981.