Ratzinger chooses name of holy origin
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose one of a number of papal names of holy origin. Benedict comes from the Latin for "blessing."
The last pope to choose the name -- Benedict the 15th -- served during World War One and was credited with settling animosity between traditionalists and modernists. He dreamed of reunion with Orthodox Christians. And there's another Pope Benedict who was seen as a peacemaker. Pope Benedict the Eleventh served in the 14th century as political issues were building tension in the church.