i am not Catholic but i am interested in this whole process because the Pope has such great opportunity to inflict some morality and faith into this world. so i was really praying for the Cardinals in the Conclave to be guided by the Holy Spirit so that we would have a Pope that would be as good, if not better than John Paul II was. and i feel that they have. joseph ratzinger is a very good choice. as an american the Papal name he has chosen is a little odd, Pope Benedict XVI, but that is just because of our bad history with a man of that name. but when i heard the meaning of the name i thought wow, that’s cool!
From the Late Latin name Benedictus which meant “blessed”. Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who founded the Benedictines in the 6th century. This was also the name of 15 popes. well, they need to update their website now! no longer 15 but 16! LOL this was according to behindthename.com if you want to check it out yourself.
i pray that Pope Benedict XVI will lead the Catholic church with the same goal and passion as John Paul II did! look forward to seeing how he does! truly historic moment!