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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 05:41 AM
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Benedict XVI installed as pope
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Edited on Sun Apr-24-05 05:48 AM by cal04
Pope Benedict XVI has been formally installed at an open-air Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, before a crowd filled with pilgrims and dignitaries -- and a worldwide television audience of millions.

In his homily, the new pontiff said he wished to reach out to Jews and "believers and non-believers alike" and asked for prayers from the tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square as he assumed "this enormous task." "Let us do all we can to pursue the path toward the unity you have promised," he said. "Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd. Do not allow you net to be torn. Help us to be servants of unity."

In one of the most symbolic moments, Benedict was given his Fisherman's Ring and a woolen pallium or shawl -- both symbols of his papal authority. The ring is emblazoned with an image of Peter casting his fishing nets and was traditionally used to seal apostolic letters. The formal inauguration of the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger came in a tradition-steeped ceremony that officially launched the pontificate of the 265th leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
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