Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cardinal Tauran in charge of pronouncing "Habemus Papam"

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. 

Cardinal Deacon
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.”

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