One one year ago we heard those famous words, “Habemus Papam!”

The Catholic world held its breath until the name of the new pope was announced. When we heard the name Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, some rejoiced, others despaired, the media and the liberals in the Church had a field day.

In the end, I think we can all agree that Pope Benedict XVI is not who the media and others lead us to expect.

Pope Benedict XVI has proven himself to be quiet, humble, shy and loving. He is a fierce defender of the Church. Do those have to contradict each other. I don’t think so. While there are those who would disagree with me, his theology is excellent.

I think the Holy Spirit has given us the leader we need. May he continue to serve the Church as the Vicar of Christ for many years to come.

Ad multos annos! Viva il Papa!

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