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Tauran named new Proto-Deacon

Pope Benedict has appointed French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the Proto-Deacon of the College of Cardinals.

  • Vatican City
  • February 22, 2011
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Pope Benedict has appointed French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the Proto-Deacon of the College of Cardinals whose duties include announcing the election of a new pope.

Cardinal Tauran, who heads the Vatican’s office for relations with non-Christians, succeeds Italian Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan, Canadian Press reports.

It was a Chilean cardinal, Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, who announced on April 19, 2005, that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had been elected pope and taken the name Benedict XVI.

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French cardinal put in line for Latin announcement of new pope in event of an election (Canadian Press)
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