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Poles greet the election of Benedict XVI with optimism
WADOWICE, Poland Though still grieving, people in Pope John Paul's hometown in Poland are greeting the election of his successor with optimism.

One woman calls it a good choice, saying many Poles supported Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany because of his close ties to John Paul. She says many also believe the new pope will continue to follow in John Paul's conservative footsteps.

A parish priest in the town also backs the choice, saying the cardinals' quick decision meant Ratzinger was the right choice.

However, another town resident is more cautious. She says she's not "overly enthusiastic" but adds that overally, it was probably the "right choice." She says she thinks it'll be difficult for Ratzinger to be a successor to the charismatic John Paul. Source.

April 20, 2005