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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: The “craftsman of the interreligious dialogue”

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, renowned for his efforts to promote peace via inter-religious dialogue, succumbed to Parkinson's disease on July 5.

The 75 year-old cardinal was serving as the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and Camerlengo (meaning that he could preside over the Vatican, in case of an apostolic vacancy) of the Holy Roman Church.

It was him who announced to the world, the newly-elected Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, back in 2013, from the central loggia of the St. Peter’s Basilica. “Gentle and of extreme humility, much appreciated for his talents as a diplomat and his ability to listen,” the Vatican describes Cardinal Tauran.

Born in Bordeaux, France on 5 April 1943, he completed his theological and philosophical studies from Pontifical French Seminary and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

On September 20, 1969, he was ordained priest and in 1973, was called to Rome to attend diplomatic training at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He even acquired a degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

His funeral services are scheduled for July 12, 2018 at the Vatican basilica, which will be presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals.

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