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Chronicles of Rome

During the last conclave that elected Pope Francis, Richard Saint-Louis, p.d. accompanied Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte at this historic event. Every day, we published short texts, having a privileged insight of the atmosphere prevailing in Rome.

Here are the Chronicles of Romes.

Arrivederci Roma

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.

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On the pastoral use of pasta

March 18, 2013

Tonight there was a formal reception organized by the Government of Canada at the Canadian Pontifical College in the presence of the Governor General and his wife.

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Angelus Domini

March 17, 2013

We all waited impatiently for that first meeting with Francis Sunday. In the early morning, he celebrated the Eucharist in the small church of Saint Anne, inside the Vatican.

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A night on the town

March 16, 2013

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 unforgettable moments. 

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An untitled Column

March 15, 2013

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 media.

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He came, he was there...

March 14, 2013

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.

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Habemus Papam

March 13, 2013

The 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. 

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When Heaven meets Earth

March 12, 2013

This morning, Cardinal Turcotte entered in Saint Martha's House at 8:30 a.m. to take part in the conclave. The Cardinal is a meticulous man. 

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Time for action

March 11, 2013

The conclave 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. 

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Dies Domini

March 10, 2013

It's Sunday in Rome as elsewhere. But this Roman Sunday has something special. Indeed, it is two days before the conclave. 

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This is it!

March 9, 2013

Some say that it is high time, and others say that it is too early, but one thing is for certain, the conclave will begin Tuesday.

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On foot, on horseback or...riding a bicycle!

March 8, 2013

Nothing should surprise me in Rome. I recently wrote about taxi drivers who have taken an artistic approach to driving. Well, today I was flabbergasted.

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Leaving for the Conclave

March 7, 2013

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.

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Departure for the conclave

March 6, 2013

Departure for the conclave bears a strange resemblance with a military operation, if I may use this analogy: "on your marks, get ready, go!" 

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