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  1. Yeah that's why this one has had no replies except you. Maybe we can delete it?
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/19...sday/index.html VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Wearing traditional papal robes and a large smile, Joseph Ratzinger of Germany appeared Tuesday on a Vatican balcony as the 265th pontiff, Benedict XVI, as tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to cheer him. "Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard," according to a translation of remarks he made in Italian. "I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers. "In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side." He then delivered his first "Urbi at Orbi" ("for the city and for the world") papal blessing, after which the crowd in St. Peter's Square chanted, "Viva il papa," or "Long live the pope." Benedict XVI will dine and spend Tuesday evening with the cardinals in their Santa Martia residence, said Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. He will give Mass in the Sistine Chapel at 9 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) Wednesday, Navarro-Valls said. In Ratzinger's hometown of Traunstein, Germany, seminary students happily reacted to the news, according to The Associated Press. (Full story) But not everyone was enthralled with the selection. "It seems that he is too conservative. Hopefully the Holy Spirit can help him change," Jurandir Arauj of the National Conference of Bishops Afro-Brazilian Section told Reuters. (More reaction) Powerful figure in Vatican Once the archbishop of Munich, Germany, and for many years prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Ratzinger has been one of the most powerful men in the Vatican and is widely acknowledged as a leading theologian. Ratzinger, who turned 78 on Saturday, was John Paul II's chief theological adviser for 20 years. As a young priest he was on the progressive side of theological debates but shifted to the right after the student revolutions of 1968. In the Vatican, he has been the driving force behind crackdowns on liberation theology, religious pluralism, challenges to traditional moral teachings on issues such as homosexuality, and dissent on such issues as women's ordination. The dean of the College of Cardinals since November 2002, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI in June 1977. (Profile) On Tuesday, Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Benedict XVI's election in the traditional Latin, but he prefaced it by saying the words "brothers and sisters" in several languages, an introduction that is likely a bow to the universality of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.1 billion members. Warning against 'relativism' There had been a great deal of speculation about who would be chosen to succeed John Paul II, who died April 2 at 84. John Paul was widely credited with extending the reach of the papacy. He spoke more than a dozen languages and set an unprecedented pattern of pastoral travel, drawing huge crowds all over the world. He was also strictly traditional on issues of sexuality and the role of women in the church, which won him support among some Catholics but alienated others. Similar disagreement exists over the next pontiff's stances on issues such as birth control, stem cell research and the ordination of female priests. Benedict XVI, however, has been critical of progressive Catholicism. In a homily delivered at a Mass before the cardinals began the conclave Monday, he warned against "relativism, which is letting oneself be 'swept along by every wind of teaching.' [it] looks like the only attitude [acceptable] to today's standards. We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism, which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires." White smoke, bells White smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel chimney gave the first indication that the cardinals had chosen a pope. The crowd clapped and waved flags as the smoke billowed over Vatican City about 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET). Suspense built for the next 10 minutes as pilgrims waited for the ringing of bells -- at which point the onlookers let out a roar of jubilation. Pope John Paul II had decreed that white smoke be accompanied by the ringing of bells, to avoid a repeat of the confusion after his election in 1978. Chemicals were added to the ballots to turn the smoke white or black. The conclave of 115 cardinals had voted three times previously -- once Monday night and twice Tuesday morning -- before selecting the new pope.
  3. Now if this wasn't the biggest coincedence ever. I was just going to post a topic about maps.google.com yesterday. So far, I've seen my house, a marina that I used to sail out of on Lake Michigan, MIT, the Virgin Islands, where my family sailed this summer, Chicago, and my school. My cross country team is going to use the satellite images to put maps of our courses on our website.
  4. Whoa... If I have your permission, David, I would like to meet you (don't kill me!). Also, it wouldn't be too bad to meet the rest of the TLA team like Adam (who I almost met last week), Shane, and co. (sorry guys you've been all replaced by two letters). And while I'm at it I'll meet zezar (is he still around?), Quacker, Nate and the rest of you... oh heck I love all you guys. So what's the deal with this wrap party?
  5. LOL, Quacker I know where you're going with this. Save it for HoI or PM. In other news, I wonder who will be the next pope.
  6. 1.) Do you plan on getting married? I most certainly do. 2.) About what age do you plan to get married? Well, if I'm getting out of school around 24, then maybe between 26 and 30. 3.) What are the motives that you want to get married for? I love girls and I love kids. I guess I just have always wanted to raise a family, experience life. 4.) Have you had positive or negative experiences with marriage? Well the one very positive one I've had would be my parents who have been married my entire life. 5.) If you got married, do you plan to stay married for life? Yup.
  7. Heh, number 7 is really good. I like this. Dark Lords: dramatics meets pragmatism.
  8. Yes, there's that great enigmatic papal infallibility, which many come to take to mean the Pope does not sin, or cannot make a mistake, or cannot misjudge something or even disagree in opinion with prior popes. Infallibility instead refers to official teachings on morals and faith, not to things like judgements or decisions on how to run the church. Certainly, the pope is still a sinner. In fact, I heard that John Paul II confessed every week! Just for the record, the modern church heirarchy looks a bit like this: Pope Cardinals Bishops and Archbishops Priests Deacons Lay people
  9. 16 flags? Either I'm in the dark or you're 10 too high. I only know of a Six Flags, specifically "Great America" which is about 40 min from where I live.
  10. Yup John Paul II was a man to model your life after. I think he was so cool of a guy. Apparently, although he seemed very serious oftentimes, he had a good sense of humor. I am the most pleased with his effort to reconcile different types of people, whether it be Catholics with the world, or Catholics with other religions, or different nations. I really can't say enough good about him. Now it should be interesting to see who's next pope. If people thought he was conservative, they should see some of the cardinals. Ah well, I pray whoever it is does as great a job as John Paul 2.
  11. Hey you could study for standardized tests, go half way across the country to visit colleges, have LAN and Halo 2 parties, go to running practices, hang out with friends, read books and play violin- like me! My spring break is packed! I almost wish I was bored (but I don't! It's much better to be overworked than bored, that's my take on it)
  12. Hey nice job on your accomplishment. How many kids your age have published a book of poetry? Not many. It's good to see someone like you really make use of your talents.
  13. Girls names I like: Evelyn and Anastasia. Guys names... we'll I'm kinda partial to my own. And uhhh.... that's about it off the top of my head.
  14. Mon-Thurs: School, a few hours of cross or track and study study study then any free time I cherish so much that it's practically over by the time I'm done salivating. Fri: school, track, check in at the TLA meeting then, see if anyone said anything that may concern me, then go out. Sat and Sun: homework, and w/e project I may be doing at the time. And there's lots of eating in there two... mmm I love eating so much
  15. Wow, I didn't even get 100 . Alas, there will be more competitions in the future.
  16. Andy, as you and I both know, no real calc student would even think of using that uncouth quotient rule- negative exponents or bust! I managed to pull off an A on my final; it's much better news than that awful "dirty dozen" test. On the the physics teachers at my school taught finding the derivatives of polynomials to his second grade daughter: "just make this exponent fly down here, subtract one and voila!" Also worth noting is the fact that I have 3 math quizzes or tests in the period of 2 days- sadly, none of this is even makeup work. Today we had some math exam- I'm sure some of you high schoolers will or have taken it- 25 questions worth 6 points each. And less than one percent of everyone who takes it gets 120 points or more! AMSE or some acronym like that..
  17. Well a lot of words have vowels in a row, especially french. Yiuel, do you know Voltaire's riddle "cinq voyelles, une consonne..."?
  18. LOL that's great. English is the worst language ever. I really wish I was fluent in some others. Eleven "hads" in a row
  19. As in "ta gueule"? And I'm curious to know... just how bad are the connotations of saying that?
  20. I showed this quiz to my mom and she said perhaps those that get zero out of four are the ones that are the professionals.
  21. Wow that looks like a cool plane. I knew airbus was coming out with a new one but I didn't know it was of such epic proportions .
  22. Calc is for me the hardest math even though I enjoy it the most. I just got handed back a test today with a 40% The test was so notorious it had a nickname: "The Dirty Dozen" Ouch!
  23. Calc is the math subject I find the most interesting by far... where else do you get to deal with infinity and do such previously unimaginable things as finding the areas under curves, and that sort of stuff? If you're gonna get excited about math, get excited about calculus. Good luck in your course Carlos.
  24. Haha... you're mother in her underwear... lol Yiuel, what's "ta gueulle"? (not sure at all about the spelling, but I heard it was something bad, so you'll probably recognize what I'm trying to get at)
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