Editorial: New pope will lead with a shepherd’s ways

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Church is relying on a 78-year-old man with the face of a child, a shy person with a great energy and culture.

He will be a loved and feared Pope, intellectual but with a shepherd’s ways.

It never happened that a Pope made his speech to the world 24 hours before his election, during the Conclave’s opening mass.

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In those words addressed to the other cardinals, there is a real pontificate’s program, that can be summarized as &uot;truth and charity.&uot;

In the wake of his predecessor, (he will continue) with the humble sweetness of his gestures and with severity.

But he will run the church with great determination and many surprises.

He promised a reform of the Church.

Benedict XVI described himself as &uot;simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.&uot;

He will be loved, for his limpid way of dealing, for his cherub eyes, for the intellectual beauty of his language. He’s able to talk to people.

&045; Corriere della Sera, Milan, Italy