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19th April 2005

Following the election of the new Pope, Archbishop Mario Conti of  
Glasgow said: "I am delighted that the Cardinals have reached a  
decision so quickly, offering a clear signal of their unity of mind.  

"I know the new Pope personally. I have had the honour of meeting  
him several times over the years in Rome. He is a very humble,  
personable man, quite different from the hardline 'enforcer' image  
which is often portrayed of him.  

"He is a man of great theological ability, linguistically talented,  
kindly of manner and of enormous pastoral and administrative experience.  
He was of course very close to Pope John Paul, knew his mind, and  
collaborated very closely with him. But he is his own man, and will  
bring his own gifts to the papacy, to the Church and the world.  

"He will speak and write with a clear voice. He showed in his sermon  
at the late Pope's funeral that he had the gift of communicating with  
vast crowds. He spoke simply, directly and movingly. Many who had only  
known him as the great enforcer were surprised at his kindly, gentle,  
affectionate words that day.  

"The choice of name is interesting, and I would say, inspiring. The  
last Pope to bear that name, Benedict XV, was a man of enormous humility  
who spent himself in the cause of peace. I think we may find a clue to  
the style of pontificate we are likely to see in that choice of name.  

"Having just returned from Rome last night I hope to return for the  
new Pope's installation, bringing with me the love and prayers of the  
Catholics of Scotland and of many others who in recent weeks have  
expressed such great interest in the person of the Pope and have shared  
the sorrow of the Catholic community at the death of Pope John Paul  
II."  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

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