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Pope Benedict XVI: 'Humble worker in God's vineyard'


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Pope Benedict XVI speaks from the balcony of the Vatican Basilica.

(CNN) -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was selected Tuesday as the new pope.

Shortly after the announcement, Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI, addressed the crowd and delivered his first papal blessing.

The following is a translation of the pope's address:

"Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard.

I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.

In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help, and Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.

Thank you."


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