Ratzinger's Hometown

Ratzinger's hometown elated at his ascension to papacy

People in Traunstein, Germany are crying tears of joy, now that a hometown son has become the leader of the Catholic church.

The newly-elected Pope Benedict the 16th moved often as a child, but he once wrote that he considers Traunstein to be his hometown. It's where Joseph Ratzinger studied to be a priest as a teen-ager. And the town is also where he returned after deserting the German army in 1945.

Today, students at the seminary in town pumped their fists in the air as soon as the Vatican announced Ratzinger's election. The new pontiff has a reputation as a hardliner. But people in Traunstein say they've seen his softer side, watching him confirm teen-agers and spend time with the old and sick.