Starting today, Richard Saint-Louis, d.p. will share daily updates about the Conclave, Cardinal Turcotte's activities as well as the atmosphere and life in Rome.
The articles will be published in this section.
March 20, 2013
Just as I was beginning to get
used to Roman life, it is now time to go home. I have been in Rome since February
27, and time has flown at the speed of light. It seems that at my age, times
flies really fast.
The past week was rich with
events that will remain forever etched in our memories. To watch the election
of a pope, to experience from up close the general congregations- these are
The week ends as it began,
that is to say, loaded with meetings and events of all kinds that have filled
the schedule wall-to-wall. We feel the shock wave from the press conference of
Cardinals Turcotte and Collins through the many reactions and comments in the
I knew already last night that
he would come, for I was part of the "combinatione",
and I had promised not to betray the trust that had been placed in me. Yet, as
a good disciple of Thomas, I was skeptical to say the least.
news is now known. Pope Francis succeeds to Pope Benedict. I was blessed to be
present, along with a few colleagues, amongst the crowd when the white smoke
came out of the chimney installed on the Sistine Chapel's rooftop.
begins tomorrow morning. Excitement is growing and all bets are off. At this
point, it is anyone's guess. The press and electronic media are on the lookout,
requests for interviews have been increasing. This morning, the last general
congregation before the conclave begins was held in the Paul VI Hall.
Who amongst us did not
take a taxi one day or the other to make it to an appointment or simply to
relax after an exhausting day? Since my arrival in the Eternal City, I had
ample opportunity to observe and to use this mode of transport at my own risk.