Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Bush Praises Newly Elected Pope Benedict XVI

President Bush on Tuesday called newly elected pope, [Benedict XVI] Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a "man of great wisdom and knowledge." He's "a man who serves the Lord," Bush said of [Pope Benedict XVI]Ratzinger.

Bush, standing next to his wife, Laura Bush, remembered how they listened to [Pope Benedict XVI's] Ratzinger's homily at Pope John Paul II's funeral 11 days earlier.

"We remember well his sermon at the pope's funeral in Rome, how his words touched our hearts and the hearts of millions," Bush said. "We join with our fellow citizens and millions around the world who pray for continued strength and wisdom as his holiness leads the Catholic church."

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