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A new Pope.

Benedict XVI is the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. On April 19, a conclave (private assembly) of Cardinals elected him as the man to succeed Pope John Paul II.

Greeting tens of thousands of followers in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, the new Pope called himself "a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."

Born Joseph Ratzinger in 1927, he chose the name Benedict XVI after Saint Benedict as well as Pope Benedict XV, who led the Church from 1914 to 1922. Known for his conservative beliefs, Cardinal Ratzinger worked closely with John Paul II for more than two decades.
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Title Annotation:NEWS: RELIGION; Benedict XVI is the pope
Publication:Junior Scholastic
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Date:May 9, 2005
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