The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land mourns Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue, who went back to the God’s mercy after a life full of giving and service of the Church, especially the rapprochement and dialogue between religions.
The Assembly joins its voice to that of His Holiness Pope Francis who offered his sincere condolences to the sister of the late cardinal, Mrs. Geneviève Dupert, by a word about the virtues of the deceased. He thus mentioned his strong faith in God in spite of the suffering he endured through long years of sickness. He also recalled his former mission as Foreign minister of the Holy See during many years under the pontificate of Saint John Paul II as well as his stature as a man of dialogue between religions, he who greatly contributed to strengthening their relations, especially between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim World.
Cardinal Tauran was a man of prayer, of action and resoluteness, one who did not hesitate to take positions based upon justice, values and principles while dealing with international issues such as the conflicts in Middle East and the question of Jerusalem amongst others.
Let us raise our prayers for the peace of Cardinal Tauran’s soul. We thank God for what the late cardinal has achieved for humanity and more specifically for the Church.
May the Lord give him eternal rest and may His light always illuminate him. May he rest in God’s peace and mercy.