Statement of the Order of Friars Minor on the Passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

Together with countless people throughout the world, we Brothers of the Order of Friars Minor were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing into eternal life of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, and we offer his family and his many friends and colleagues our sincerest condolences and prayers.

Cardinal Tauran’s forty-nine years of dedicated service as a priest, a diplomat, and a voice for peace between nations and mutual understanding and respect among people of faith were an example to us of what it means to preach God’s Word of compassion and love in season and out of season (cf. 2 Tim 4:2), keeping ever before our eyes “the prize of God’s heavenly calling” that is ours in Christ Jesus (cf. Phil 3:14).

To Cardinal Tauran’s example of service, we wish to add the faithful testimony he gave to the inestimable grace of patience in suffering. In him we saw clearly a truth no less a figure than St. Paul knew so well, that for the sake of the Gospel “I can endure all these things through the power of Him who gives me strength (Phil 4:13).”

“The souls of the just are in the hand of God (Wis 3:1).” So we pray: Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei: Requiescat in pace. Amen. And we pray, as well, that we have the grace to continue this good work so faithfully done by Cardinal Tauran until the day that God, in His mercy, brings it to completion in Christ Jesus our Lord (cf. Phil 1:6).

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