Then it hit me... WHY? I was baptized and confirmed Catholic, but as an adult I'm an avowed agnostic. Hehehe... haven't been to church in years, and I don't really have a spiritual side to me. So it was quite strange to catch myself participating in the excitement of the start of a new pontificate.
Chalk it up to group hysteria, and getting caught up in the moment. After all, this is a significant historical event. And I heard it unfold live. Whee.
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger
qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI