Greeting the Faithful
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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI greets and blesses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. (AP)
Nuns celebrate as white smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. (AP)
A priest holds up a cross as white smoke billows from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, announcing that Catholic Church cardinals have elected a new pope. (AP)
Seminary students celebrate after white smoke appears above Sistine Chapel. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Nuns watch the crowd below celebrate the announcement that a new pope has been chosen. (Filippo Monteforte / Getty Images)
A crowd gathers at St. Peter’s Square to see the new Pope Benedict XVI make his first appearance on the Basilica’s main balcony. (Mario LaPorta / Getty Images)
Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger, the new Pope Benedict XVI, appears at the window of St. Peter’s Basilica’s main balcony after being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. (Getty Images)
In Marktl am Inn, Germany, the birthplace of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, residents decorate a photo of the new pope in front of his childhood home. (Joerg Koch / Getty Images)
Joseph Ratzinger, standing at right, in a 1951 family photo. (AP)