Okay, I'll admit it; I wasn't expecting him, mainly because of his age.
I'm trying to imagine what thoughts were going through his head in that 45 minute spell from election to his appearance on the balcony.
Previously, he ran a department. Now he has the whole world on his shoulders.
Needless to say, not everybody is happy; frankly, I suspect that the critical voices would have being saying much the same no matter who was elected.
But overall, I am happy. Let us all remember in our prayers Pope Benedict XVI and may God and His Blessed Mother be with him every day and in everything that he does.
Meanwhile, some very enterprising people have been very quickly into action.