VATICAN CITY, April 19 -- Following is the text of Pope Benedict XVI's first address to the world after being elected as pontiff on Tuesday. The new Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, delivered the address in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
"Dear brothers and sisters,Er, I don't know... a simple, humble worker... elected on only the second day of the conclave?
After the Great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard.
I am comforted by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act even with insufficient instruments. And above all, I entrust myself to your prayers.
With the joy of the risen Lord and confidence in his constant help, we will go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary his most holy mother will be alongside us.