Habemus Papam – seven years ago today…

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Seven years ago today I watched Pope Benedict XVI become the 265th Pontiff. I was at work watching the coverage on a small black and white TV set up at my desk. I’m not sure why I didn’t just have it streaming online – there was internet 7 years ago right? Maybe I didn’t know about EWTN or Catholic media since I was still in RCIA. I guess I didn’t have access to top secret Vatican websites only privy to full fledged card carrying Papists or something like that.

Anyway, I followed the coverage for days, much to the annoyance of my co-workers. If memory recalls, I jumped out of my chair and gave the touch down sign followed by an end zone dance when they called Joseph Ratzinger’s name. I’ve been referred to as “that crazy Catholic” ever since. But that’s ok, I like being the token papist.

Where were you when you heard those words, Habemus papem?

Things I am going to do to celebrate: Make a cake and drink German beer, even though I don’t need an excuse for cake. Or beer.

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  • Robwardle

    I was in the car, late and waiting, to sing at a nursing home.

  • Mamamayerle

    I was painting the dining room a lovely shade of yellow gold and had my tv tuned to EWTN. When Cardinal Ratzinger’s name was announced I began jumping up and down and screaming. My kids still talk about how crazy I looked and they do a pretty good imitation of it. What a happy memory! Boy #2 is named after Benedict XVI. 🙂

  • Karen in SC

    I was in the car with my husband, getting ready to leave for an overnight anniversary trip (only the second we had taken since our first child was born seventeen years earlier) when our oldest ran out to let us know what she had just heard on the news. 

    We arrived home the next afternoon and went to the church for our son’s confirmation.  It was the day of our 20th anniversary, and after the confirmation mass, we renewed our vows in front of the bishop.  There are a lot of memories jam-packed in those two days.

  • I still remember standing on a plastic chair on St. Peter’s Square, pointing the microphone at the balcony above me. I knew at that I was witnessing Church history in the making. One of the biggest thrills in my life.

  • Niall Mor

    I vividly remember where I was–in a mental hospital, to be perfectly honest. The death of John Paul II and the election of Benedict was one of the most difficult and painful periods of my life. My father had died a couple of months before, I had serious health problems of my own, and a personal relationship that was very dear to me ended abruptly, all more or less at the same time. I felt like the world was falling apart around me. Seeing Benedict elected was a sign that the world hadn’t come to an end yet, and that somehow, little by little, I was going to be OK. Benedict’s first homily as pope had so many passages that spoke to my my feelings at the time, I could’ve sworn he wrote it for me :). Viva il Papa!

  • Katie O’Keefe

    I received a call from a priest friend of mine who, when I asked how he was doing, said, “The birds are singing, the sun is shining and we have a German Pope.”  I was overjoyed!

  • Amy P.

    I was at work, streaming it live on my computer, and about a month and a half away from being fully accepted into the Catholic Church.  The cheering of the crowd still gives me goosebumps.

  • Cairistiona

    I was picking up my dry-cleaning when I heard. (Boring, I know). But did celebrate that evening by having saurkraut and sausage and some German beer. 😀

  • Mike184562

    I was sitting at my computer in my home office, and had FOX news on and was watching coverage with Father Z providing color commentary (though I had no clue who he was at the time) and was pulling for Cardinal Arinze – I had no clue who Cardinal Ratzinger was really. I am so glad I was wrong and definitely know who Benedict and Father Z are now! I was born in 1981 so this was my first conclave.

  • Farris 1977

    I was in central Missouri (huge German Catholic Area) when all of a sudden church bells started ringing all over town. As I wasn’t baptized (yet)it came as a shock when businesses were closed, houses were empty and everyone started inviting me to “the celebration”.

    I witnessed the joy my catholic friends and neighbors felt in having a new pope. I also gathered a sense of how much the loss of John Paul was to them. Papa Ratzi not only brought a new era to the church but the announcement started me down my path to RCIA. Good times.

  • Matt

    I was in my first year of law school, and I was walking into the gym on campus, and saw Cardinal Ratzinger being announced on the balcony. He was the only Cardinal I would have recognized, and something I had read came to mind – DOMINUS IESUS, probably was what I would have associated with him at that point.
    I had a Catechism back at my apartment, but at that point no one knew I was seriously considering the Catholic Church. Later that year, I began my convoluted RCIA process (during a deployment to Iraq), and over a year and a half after Pope Benedict’s election, became Catholic.

  • Johnkenny29

    i was in the living room watching the coverage on tv on sky news after cardinal ratzinger came out wearing the papal robes i started shouting for my wife to come and see,i had taken the death of pope john paul II pretty bad as i was born in1979 and had never know any other pope, to me he WAS the papacy my mother named me john paul after him because he had come to ireland around the time i was born,  the most memorable thing about seeing ratzinger being elevated to pope was being able to relax knowing that the seat of peter was in safe hands.

  • Benjamin Malec

    I was in my sophomore year of high school in my late shop teacher’s sheet metal class. 

  • Judy

    I was a freshman in high school on a Habitat for Humanity trip to an area of West Virginia where we had no cell phone coverage,  or working tv at the volunteer center, so I wasn’t following the coverage at all.
     We had daily Mass at 6pmish after work each day,  and that Tuesday, when Fr. Paul got to the “we pray for our Pope part”, he said “Pope Benedict, formerly Cardinal  Joseph Ratzinger, and that’s how we all found out.