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04/19/2005 Paul L. Gleiser


St. Peter's Basilica Rome, Italy

A "simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard," was how the new pope characterized himself as he spoke to over 200,000 gathered in St. Peter's Square. This photo was made at approximately 6:50 p.m. local time as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger appeared in public for the first time as Benedict XVI. "The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me," he said in the three short paragraphs of his urbi et orbi blessing from the papal balcony above the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica.

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