Garcia Maria de Allande, the Cardinal of Spanish-English parentage, although still a young man, has retired to his country estate following the death of Pope Gregory XVI to avoid the reforms of his successor. Allande whiles away his time playing tennis against competitors who come from as far as Spain and France. By contrast, the missionary Father Ferrand is weathered and haggard in appearance.Ferrand explains to the three Cardinals that the recent annexation of the New Mexico territory equals a country larger than Central and Western Europe combined. He predicts that the Bishop overseeing such a large area will "direct the beginning of momentous things." Ferrand provides a background of the Catholic Church's activities in the area since its evangelization by Spanish missionaries in 1500.
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