A French clergyman and political leader of the seventeenth century. Cardinal Richelieu was the chief of government under King Louis XIII. He achieved two difficult goals in his career: establishing absolute monarchy in France and breaking the political power of the Huguenots, or French Protestants.
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“Light trumps darkness, hope beats despair, grace wins over sin, love defeats hate, life conquers death,” the cardinal said.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He quotes an unnamed cardinal saying that the conclave voters knew the charges were false.
Elisabetta Piqué, who knew Bergoglio well as a cardinal, writes in the present tense as if to convey real time passing.
And yet, a dossier of allegations involving human rights could not help any cardinal at a moment like that.
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.
He thrust the Cardinal's mantle into it, and stood over the smouldering cloth, till the whole was consumed to ashes.
Before his rencontre with Ripperda at the Cardinal's, he had penetrated all the secrets of the Altheim apartments.
The Cardinal then hinted, that Wharton had vanished on some occult mission, to circumvent the Italian investiture.
I saw Cardinal de Giovenozzo this morning; and he tells me that Wharton has disappeared.
He conspired against Richelieu, to whom he was indebted for much of his good fortune, and to whose resentment he fell a victim.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell