Bishop John Flack, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, briefly describes the final days and funeral of Pope John Paul II as well as the election of his successor, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, on 19 April 2005. On 24 April 2005, Bishop Flack was among those who "gathered again in St. Peter's Square for the Mass inaugurating the Petrine ministry of Pope Benedict XVI. We heard a fine sermon from him explaining the significance of ring, pallium and crozier. Conscious that the world was watching him, he spoke -- as he always does -- as the teacher he is, with clarity, precision and inspiration. The following morning the Anglican delegation, led by our own Archbishop [Rowan Williams], met with Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of his papal ministry. We hope it will be the first of many meetings".