Oh I love it! The smoke, the bells, the eager anticipation... then the name Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Oh that man is so precious! And, did I mention brilliant?!?!? Praise Jesus, He gave us a new Shepherd in a very short period of time, one that we know was close to JPII and is absolutely faithful to Christ's word.
In case you watched CNN with a terrible translator (even I could pick out some words she missed) here's what he said:
Dear Brothers and Sisters: After the great Pope, John Paul II, the Lord Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord is able to work and act with insufficient instruments and, above all, I rely on your prayers. In the joy of the risen Lord, confident of his permanent help, let us go forward. The Lord will help us. Mary, his Most Holy Mother, is on our side. Thank you. * * * [Translation by ZENIT]
Viva il Papa!