Tauran was born on April 5, 1943, in Bordeaux, France. Following his ordination as a Priest on September 20, 1969, he was assigned as Parish Vicar of St. Eulalia in Bordeaux, and remained there while attending courses in Canon Law at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. He relocated to Rome in 1973 to continue his studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, where the diplomatic staff of the Holy See is trained, and the Pontifical Gregorian University where he obtained a degree in Canon Law. St. John Paul II proclaimed Tauran Cardinal in a Consistory on October 21, 2003.
Millions of people globally became familiar with Tauran when he announced to the world the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2018. It was also through his tireless efforts that the Catholic Church was able to restore relationships with the Muslim world.
Crux Editor and journalist, John Allen, shared his reflections and comments on Cardinal Tauran in an article entitled “Cardinal who led opposition to US invasion of Iraq dies at 75.” Please use this link to review Allen’s coverage.
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