It was only the fourth ballot on the second day of the conclave that Roman Catholic Cardinals overwhelmingly elected a new pope.
They chose a German cardinal, well known to the world for the prominent role he played in Pope John Paul II’s papacy.
The 265th pope is Joseph Ratzinger. He has taken the papal name, Benedict the 16th.
Pope Benedict XVI has ties to Minnesota.
Twenty years ago, when he was in his late 50’s, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
paid a visit to the campus of St. Thomas University.
The current Director of Catholic Studies, Dr. Don Briel, first met the new pope during that visit. He has met with him several times since then.
Dr. Briel describes Benedict as direct, engaging, and shy. He also says he's a very well trained theologian.
Tuesday, at St. John Vianney Seminary on the St. Thomas campus, one student was so inspired by the selection of Cardinal Ratzinger as the new pope, that he carried the papal flag across campus, accompanied by several cheering friends.
Many of the soon to be priests like that Benedict is a strict theologian and preaches a very traditional catholic doctrine. They see him as a continuation of Pope John Paul II.
By Greg Vandegrift , KARE 11 News
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