Benedict XVI: German cardinal elected pope - Election of a pope - MSNBC.com: "VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” "
I personally don't believe that any pope has more ability to go before God than any other Christian, but as my maternal grandparents are very Catholic (and both 100% german, no less), and moreover, as the Roman Catholic chuch still retains an incredible say in many cultural-spiritual matters (abortion, homosexuality, etc.), I'm relieved that they are so solid as to elect a pope so quickly.
Can we call him Pope Benny?