Ratzinger Chooses Name of Holy Origin

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.

One other aspect of the name may be appealing to the new Pope Benedict. He is known as a scholar, just like Pope Benedict the 14th and Pope Benedict the Eleventh before him.