Keeper of the Converters
- Feb 27, 2009
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A cardinal. He still could not believe it.
Fernando had been in Rome for six months now but every sight was still a wonder. The Eternal City may not be the city it was at its peak but it was still full of marvel and splendor. The combination of ancient pagan and modern Christian monuments was truly inspiring.
Being a cardinal was nothing like being a priest or even a bishop, Fernando reflected. There was so much paperwork and discussion to attend to. The position felt more like a government post than a holy one as the Church had so many branches to oversee, being the largest organization in the world. Though the work was often tedious, he did appreciate the stimulating theological conversations with his fellow cardinals and he did appreciate the fact that he had the chance to help create church policy and influence interpretations of doctrine. Above all, he loved the access and closeness to His Holiness his position gave him. He did not speak with the Pope often but he savored every opportunity he could. Fernando was grateful to the man for all he had done for him.
Fernando snapped out of his reverie when he read the latest dispatch from Aragon. It appeared that the kingdom had lost a major battle at Madrid while much of central France had fallen to the Burgundians. What a shame to see fellow Christians slaughter each other. If only the French generals were as competent as the French pope, he thought to himself.
There was another dispatch underneath. Fernando's heart almost stopped as he read the words: the king was dead.
To His Royal Higness, King Joan II of Aragon
It is with great sadness that I have recently learned of the passing of your father, the late king. His Highness was a true Christian and a model for all rulers of Christendom to emulate.
May you draw strength from the memory of your father in these trying times and may God bless your reign. The Roman Curia and all right-thinking Christians stand behind you.
Cardinal Fernando de Vascona
Whenever the treasury can afford to build a temple and there is a Bishopric without one, one is to be built there.