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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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‘I want to express our great joy at the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI’

by Bishop William S. Skylstad

(From the April 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

(Bishop Skylstad issued the following statement on the announcement of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.)

On behalf of the Diocese of Spokane, I want to express our great joy at the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. We offer our congratulations and prayers as he begins his ministry as Bishop of Rome and the universal pastor of the Catholic Church.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with Pope Benedict in his role as Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith. In my conversations with him, I have found him to be a man of great humility, keen intellect, and a good listener, with a fine sense of humor. His extensive experience in Church leadership is combined with a profound academic background. His intellectual curiosity is wide-ranging. He has a genuine grasp of the theological and social issues which have faced the Church for the last two centuries. He is a scholar as well as a committed churchman.

Pope Benedict XVI is thoroughly familiar with the Church in the United States. Over the years, he has repeatedly demonstrated sensitivity to the specific situations and issues faced by the Catholic Church in this country.

We congratulate him and pray for him as he takes on this new responsibility of being the Holy Father, not only for the Church, but for the world.

I know that he will be a faithful shepherd, after the example of the Good Shepherd Himself. On behalf of the priests, deacons, Religious, and laity of the Diocese of Spokane, I offer Pope Benedict XVI our support, fidelity, and love.

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