Residents feel Ratzinger the right choice

By Kevin Wilson Some in Portales were surprised to see Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger chosen as the new pope, some weren’t. But many in Portales believe that the new pontiff, now known as Pope Benedict XVI, was the right choice. Upon being named, Ratzinger called himself “a simple, humble” worker. It was that statement that put […]

German cardinal elected pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church’s leading hard-liner, has been elected the new pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of […]