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Originally posted by puppylucy@Apr 19 2005, 05:44 PM
christina - the changing of the name is a symbolic thing i think.. not sure. i should know this, i'm getting confirmed this sunday 


and he's pope benedict the 16th or w/e cuz he's the 16th guy to choose that name as his pope name
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Traditionally a new Pope chooses his name .... from someone who he greatly admired(another Pope that is) and wants to follow their footsteps(perhaps). Benedict means "blessing".. and yes he is the 16th to choose this name.

Yes I am Catholic
but I respect all religions
it's all cool.
 

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I really like Ratzinger. He was John Paul II's chief advisor. I was hoping it would be him...Yes-he is super conservative...and so am I. LOL.


May Pope Benedict XVI carry on all the good work that his pedecessor did.
 

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Being an Italian-American and a Slavik-American, I was hoping for a Pope from either of those regions. I am happy we have a Pope, but I am concerned with his age...he is 78.

As for the Pope's name, it is up to each Pope to select their name. They can keep their own name if they like, but tradition holds that they select a name. And they don't have to select a name used by another Pope....Pope John Paul I, for instance.
 

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triste (trēst)
adj.
Sad; wistful.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tristis.]

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Originally posted by saltymalty@Apr 20 2005, 06:54 AM
I am happy we have a Pope, but I am concerned with his age...he is 78. 

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I was thinking about that I mean I know a lot of people can live very good lives into there 80's now but it just seems like they might want to get someone younger after all the talk about John Paul II needing to step down becuase of his age.

That whole thing about him being part of Hitlers Youth (not that he had an option or anything) is a little weird but from what I found it seems like being part of that made him relize how important it is to be open to other religons so in that aspect he will proubly keeping going in the direction John Paul II did with being more excepting to non catholics. I am just a little worried that this is going to look bad for the catholic church I mean with all the stuff they have had thrown at them over the last few years I can only imagin this is going to cause some people to be upset.
 
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