Benedict XV

The Holy Father


Benedictus XVI
Joseph Ratzinger

April 19, 2005

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Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
habemus Papam:

Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Josephum
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger
qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI

Election Benedict XVI

Greetings to the Holy Father

Live transmission of the events 


  • Mass for the Inauguration of the Pontificate of Benedict XVI
    (April 24, 2005)

  • First Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI at the end of the Eucharistic Concelebration with the Cardinal electors in the Sistine Chapel (April 20, 2005)
    [Italian, Latin]

  • Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" (April 19, 2005)

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    After the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord.

    The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.

    Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help. The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, will be on our side. Thank you.