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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 19, 2005: "Habemus Papam" (Tedesco Version)

I remember exactly where I was this day in April 2005. I was in New York City at a real estate closing. We were locked into a conference room for most of the day and I hadn't heard any news about the papal election.

After the closing a colleague and I headed over to Penn Station to catch a train home. We had a half hour to kill and went into a pizzeria to get a slice and bide our time. In the corner was a television station that was tuned into the news, and as we sat down the broadcast turned to the day's events in Rome. On the screen appeared Cardinal Medina from the balcony of St. Peter's. I waited with bated breath to hear what he had to say, trying to understand the Latin correctly. When he said that the new pope was Cardinal Ratzinger, I remember throwing my hands in the air and shouting. I couldn't believe it. I had hoped for it, but still wasn't sure that Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger would truly be chosen as the successor to St. Peter. In typical New York fashion, most of the others in the pizzeria remained nonplussed. To me it was a sign of the continued revitalization of the Church and a continuation of the great legacy of our beloved John Paul II.

What a wonderful day.

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