Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me — a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.I like the way that other German priest put it in A Mighty Fortress is our God: We have the right Man, Jesus Christ, on our side. I love Mary, the mother of my Lord, but I'm pinning my hopes on her Son.
The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.
In the joy of the risen Lord, trusting in his permanent help, we go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary his very holy mother stands by us.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Quad-City Times Newspaper Online - the Quad-Cities Home Page: Text of the speech delivered by Pope Benedict XVI, from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica: