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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned Serving New Mexico for156years POPE BENEDICT XVI defender of faith The Associated Press Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St Peters Basilica at the Vatican on Tuesday Joseph Ratzinger of Germany who chose the name Benedict XVI was one of the two cardinals In the Sistine Chapel who voted for Pope John Paul II In 1978 By STEVE KLOEHN Chicago Tribune VATICAN CITY Of all the options before the cardinals of all the hues and styles and ages and life stories that gathered in the Sistine Chapel the man they turned to Tuesday to lead the Roman Catholic Church was the one man they could not ignore the man in the room with the closest ties to Pope John Paul II and the one who shepherded the cardinals through the days that fol lowed the pontiffs death Pope Benedict XVI the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was one of two cardinals in the room who voted for Pope John Paul II in 1978 and he had the late popes confidence with the institutional churchs most precious treasure its core teachings and doctrine In that role Ratzinger made enemies in the church Many who hoped for a new openness in church gover nance or a new focus on different world issues feared a Ratzinger papacy Other insiders who feel the church needed a strong hand at the wheel right now believed Ratzinger above all others had the tools to manage the church and the strength of character to stand up to the forces of opposition and division But as he moves forward Pope Benedict XVIs greatest challenge will not be managing the church or finding the right balance between issues facing the Third World and those facing industrialized countries It will not even be facing off against what he termed a dictatorship of relativism Monday in his last homily as cardinal exhorting the cardinals to stand up for the absolute truths of the church Pope Benedicts greatest challenge will likely be walk ing in the footsteps of his friend Pope John Paul II Benedict a whitehaired German with a pleasant smile a man who turned 78 on Saturday will not be able to escape the expectations that his predecessor created It will be assumed that he will not be content to stay at home in the Vatican but must travel the world to spread the Gospel ft will be expected that Benedict will engage in the struggles of the secular world standing up for peace betvyeen nations for human rights among oppressed people for the protection of prisoners the Please see POPE Page A5 Luis New Mexican The Very Rev Jerome Martinez y Alire rings one of the bells at St Francis Cathedral morning after Ratzinger was chosen as the new pope Cathedral bells herald new pope By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD The New Mexican At Santa Fes St Francis Cathedral the heart of Catholic New Mexico the news Habemus Papam We have a pope meant the removal of the black mourning bunting that had adorned the cathedrals ornate entryway since Pope John Paul IPs death and the jubilant ringing of the cathedrals bells At about 10 in Santa Fe upon hearing that Germanborn Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had been picked in the conclave and he would take the name Pope Benedict XVI the Very Rev Jerome Martinez y Alire rector of the cathedral left a meeting and hurried to untie the five thick cords that control the churchs bells Martinez beamed as he and four other cathedral employees tugged the cords that sent the bells pealing Soon visitors to the cathedral were invited to help pull the cords that rang the bells Come in and ring the said Anita Lopez a Santa Fe native who works in the cathedrals parish office We have a new pope Take part here its history Mar tinez said Keep ringing them for a while Most of the people at the cathedral when the announcement was made were tourists some Catholic but many not Please see BELLS Page A4 WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 2005 FIFTY CENTS Governor stands by Rodella as RioArriba magistrate Despite allegations of ticketfixing against former police officer Richardson says Rodella will be good judge By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson said Tuesday that despite recent reports of a ticketfixing con troversy involving former state police officer Tommy Rodella the governor stands by his appointment of Rodella as a Rio Arriba County magistrate I believe that Tommy Rodella is a man of character and substance and has a wide knowledge of the county of Rio Richardson told report ers at a news conference Hes going to be a good Rodella a former state police sergeant and the husband of state Rep Debbie Rodella DSan Juan Pueblo was sworn in as magistrate last week Richardson said he hadbeen a state police inter nalaffairs investigation of Rodella more than 10 years ago revealed last week by The Rio Grande Sun According to the Espanola weekly that investi gation concluded Rodella had pressured officers in his com mand to dismiss traffic citations to benefit his wifes political supporters Please see RODELLA Page A7 Study says government health risk of extra pounds By CARLA K JOHNSON The Associated Press CHICAGO Being over weight is nowhere near as big a killer as the government thought ranking No 7 instead of No 2 among the nations lead ing preventable causes of death according to a startling new calculation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Researchers at the CDC reported that packing on too many pounds accounts for deaths a year in the United States As recently as January the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher deaths The new analysis found that obesity being extremely over weight is indisputably lethal But like several recent smaller studies it found that people who are modestly overweight actu ally have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight Biostatistician Mary Grace Kovar a consultant for the Uni versity of Chicagos National Opinion Research Center in Washington said normal may be set too low for todays popula tion Also Americans classified as overweight are eating better exercising more and managing Please see POUNDS Page A7 INSIDE TODAY Doityourselfers Dont miss Ideas a special publication that will help you become an expert on homes and gardens Inside INDEX Annies MailCo B5 Horoscope B5 Police notes B2 Business D5 Local news Bl Scoreboard D2 Classifieds C3 Lotteries B2 Spoils M Comics Bfl Movies Crossword B5 Opinion B2 Slocks Tasle Cl Todays obituaries Abelino Coriz April 18 Ada Oryce 92 April 18 Dolores M Maestas 73 Santa Fe April 18 Jim C Brunner 43 Santa Fe April 18 Page B2 Todays forecast Sunny to partly cloudy High 70 low 35 Page B2 Four sections 32 pages 156th year Issue No 110 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363
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