...."[r]ecalling his own election on April 19, the pope said he was faced with a task that was completely beyond anything that he would ever have imagined as his vocation. He recalled, as he put it, the "fright" with which he had received the news.
He added that he accepted the job only because of his great faith in God. He asked for the prayers of the faithful to sustain him in his mission."
As they say in The Princess Diaries : "courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that something is more important."