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Reviewing a New Pope's First Steps

German-born Pope Benedict XVI recently completed his first 100 days in office. DW-WORLD readers seem rather pleased with what they've seen so far.


Taking a break from ruling the church

The following comments reflect the views of our readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

I would not count the pontiff's days because the Church is not a political institution. The Church is corresponding to eternity -- the past, the present, the infinite future. The pontiff is not a prime minister and the responsibility of his ministry is of a higher level. Being an Orthodox Christian, I can feel a deep concordance in the appearance of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and that what a Church means to me. In particular, his promise of striving for the Christian unity and the presence of the most prominent Orthodox theologians on the liturgical celebrations held by him has granted me affection and hope. His entire theological, pastoral and human attitude is very familiar to me as an Orthodox believer. --Marija Cvetkovic

I don't expect much from our new pope. He lays down the law, but he doesn't come up with any realistic solutions to the problems we face in the church today. People are smarter than that. They need direction, and they're not getting it. You don't tell a married couple: "If you don't want children, just don't have sex." If the couple you are talking to is under 30, they will laugh at you. It is possible to get married and be a good priest. -- Lee Davis Cornelius , US

The pope is in a very difficult situation. He is still compared with John Paul II anyway in my country, Poland. It is a misunderstanding. John Paul was a wonderful man, but he loved great and loud meetings, which had nothing to do with true, deep piety. Benedict XVI is wise, fixed his attention on God and faith and I am quite sure, that his pontificate will be very important -- the Church may become smaller but stronger. -- Jolanta Niklewska

I think Pope Benedict XVI has done a wonderful job in a difficult position/vocation. I am thrilled that he was elected pope and I support him 100 percent. He is wise, kind, compassionate, and a good listener. I understand he is an accomplished pianist. I hope he plans on visiting the US -- New Orleans, Louisiana, in particular. -- Paula M. Roy

I would say that he has had a more media oriented 100 days than any of his predecessors, although I can also say that his first 100 days have been quite traditional with Catholic Church culture. Whether that will continue, we can only wait and see. -- Francisco Olivas , Costa Rica

For years, I believed that Ratzinger was not as rigid a personality as portrayed in the news media. My suspicions are confirmed! As political liberals, my wife and I are very pleased so far. -- Anthony Lienert

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