College of Cardinals
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Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious
born on 5 April 1943 in Bordeaux, France. He was ordained a priest on 20 September 1969. He holds licentiates in philosophy and theology and a
degree in canon law.
Following ordination, he served as parochial vicar in
In March 1975 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy
See and was assigned to the Apostolic Nunciature of the Dominican
Republic, and was later transferred to the Apostolic Nunciature in
Lebanon. He represented the Holy See at the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe and participated in various European
On 6 January 1991 he was consecrated as titular Archbishop of Thelepte and appointed as Secretary of the Council (now known as the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State). He has led the Holy See Delegation at numerous international conferences.
On 24 November 2003 he was nominated Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church.
On 25 June 2007 he was nominated President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
On 26 June 2013 he was nominated a member of the Pontifical Referring Commission to the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR).
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the
21 October 2003, of the Deaconry of S. Apollinare alle Terme
Neroniane-Alessandrine (St. Apollonius at the Neronian-Alexandrian Baths).
Proto-deacon as of 21 February 2011.