"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how the work and to act even with inadequate instruments conforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. Let us move forward in the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help. The Lord will help us and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side."
Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to your shepherd Benedict XVI
a spirit of courage and right judgment,
a spirit of knowledge and love.
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care
may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and the vicar of Christ,
build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son