French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is 69 years old. He was born in Bordeaux and was ordained at the age 26. Twenty years later, he began working at the Vatican as a minister of foreign affairs.
His career has quite a trajectory. As Vatican diplomat, he held an important role as a mediator during the Iraq war. In 2003, he was appointed to oversee the Vatican Secret Archives and the Vatican Library.
Today he heads the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, and his key responsibility is to foster the relationship, with other religions, especially with the Muslim world.
CARD. JEAN-LOUIS TAURAN
Archive October 9, 2007
“We need to talk with one another. It is necessary to discover the values we have in common in order to make this world a better place. Religion has to be what fosters peace not strife.”
As Cardinal Deacon, he has an important role after the conclave comes to a close. If he is not elected Pope, he has to go out to the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tell the world that a Pope has been elected. He will announce those two awaited and historic words of: “Habemus Papam.”