CCSM remembers the late Cardinal Tauran on first anniversary of his death

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CCSM remembers the late Cardinal Tauran on first anniversary of his death

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan remembers the late French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on the first anniversary of his passing away which coincides on July 6, 2018.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Born in Bordeaux, France in 1943, Tauran turned 75 on April 5 and had a long track record of diplomatic service in the Vatican.

Ordained a priest in September 1969, the late cardinal held licentiate degrees in philosophy and theology, and he also held a degree in canon law.

After serving as parochial vicar for a period of time after his ordination, Tauran in 1975 entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See when he was named the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

He was then sent as a papal envoy to Lebanon, and later represented the Holy See at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), participating in multiple conferences throughout the continent.

In 1988, he was named undersecretary for the then-Council for the Public Affairs of the Church – now known as the Section for Relations with States in the Vatican's Secretariat of State – and in 1991, Pope John Paul II appointed him secretary of the dicastery and made him an archbishop.

In that role, which is equivalent to a foreign minister, Tauran led delegations from the Holy See to numerous international conferences.

The cardinal was appointed archivist and librarian for the Vatican in 2003, and in October of that year was given a red hat by Pope John Paul II.

In 2007, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI as president of the Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named him “cardinal protodeacon,” a role usually given to a senior prelate who is then tasked with announcing the name of a new pope after his election. Tauran held this position when Francis was elected in March 2013, meaning it was his voice that carried the words “habemus papam” to the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and locals awaiting the announcement in St. Peter's Square.

After his election, Pope Francis established the Pontifical Referring Commission to the Institute of Religious Works (IOR), also called the “Vatican bank,” to study ways of reforming the institute, and named Tauran a member.

In December 2014 Francis named Tauran as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, meaning he was the prelate tasked with keeping the Vatican running after the death of a pope.

Several diplomats, priests and fellow prelates have reacted to the cardinal's death, taking to social media to praise him not only for his kindness and humor, but for his longstanding service to the Church.

In an unusually personal condolence message sent to Tauran's siste at the time, PopeFrancis praised the cardinal's “courageous” years of service to the Catholic Church “despite the weight of illness.”

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 19:41
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