Notre Dame bells ring out for Benedict XVI

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - Bells at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral began pealing on Tuesday following news that white smoke had billowed out of the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, signalling the election of a new pope.

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - Bells at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral began pealing on Tuesday following news that white smoke had billowed out of the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, signalling the election of a new pope.  

Notre Dame's esplanade was crowded with people watching huge television screens and applause rose from the square when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's papal name, Benedict XVI, was announced.   

But there were a few scattered boos as well. An American woman at the back of the cathedral started shouting, "Shame, shame". She would not give her name.   

But she told AFP, "I've seen what this man does. What does this mean for women, homosexuals, for the future of the Church?"  

Manuel Jimenez from Andalusia said, "Personally I'm very disappointed. This is a man from the past, not the present and the future. His election is a step backward not forward."  

Philippe Jacquin, the rector of Notre Dame Cathedral, was to celebrate a mass later in the day.  

The first appearance of Benedict XVI, who succeeds the late John Paul II, at the balcony of St. Peter's basilica in Rome was broadcast live on the cathedral's esplanade.  

Roman Catholic Church authorities said that a prayer vigil would be held in the cathedral, which was to remain open until 1:00 am Wednesday.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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