On April 19, 2005, my sister called me during the school day (she teaches as well) and told me that the media was reporting news of a new Pope. As the minutes passed after her call, I ended up standing around a television in my classroom at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, Arizona with about 25 students watching the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica ring as people ran to St. Peter’s Square for the announcement of the new Pope. We then heard this words from one of the Cardinals – Habemus Papam! The Cardinal said a few more things and then read the name, Cardinal Ratzinger. I did a double-take and asked one of the students, “Did he say Ratzinger?! With the affirmative yes, I went crazy and started jumping around my classroom. I called a few friends who were also celebrating. After a few moments, the new Pope, Benedict XVI made his first appearance and gave his Urbi et Orbi Address (To the City [of Rome] and to the World).
This event will always in my memory and I cherish Pope Benedict’s Papacy. He is a faithful and loving Pope who is doing wonderful acts for the Church. In the years to come, I believe he will be known as the “Scripture Pope” because of his great works on the Holy Scriptures. We are blessed to live during his Papacy.
Praise Be Jesus Christ!
Please share in the comment section below about what you remember, where you were, who you were with, what were your first thoughts when Pope Benedict XVI was elected to the Papacy. No comment is too short or too long – please share your thoughts!