French cardinal to take over should Pope die


VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, charged with temporarily taking over the pontiff’s duties if he resigns or dies.

It was 71-year-old Tauran, head of the Vatican’s Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, who in March 2013 told the world from the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica that a new pope had been elected, pronouncing the famous words “Habemus Papam.”

Tauran will replace the pope’s number two, Tarcisio Bertone, an Italian cardinal who after turning 80 this month has retired and will take up residence in one of the Vatican’s luxury apartments.

Bach-loving Tauran, from Bordeaux, previously served as head of the Vatican’s diplomatic service and traveled the world for then-Pope John Paul II.

As the Vatican’s top official for inter-religious dialogue, he has regularly condemned Islamist extremism, but has also said ignorance was often at the heart of the anti-Islam sentiment in the West.



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  1. the article is for Catholics or followers of the Pope only please. hwag nang pakialaman kung hindi naman kayo catholics dahil walang maniniwala sa mga ideologies ninyo.

  2. If he resigns or dies, the true Pope should “take over” – meaning (the one and only true Pope today) Pope Benedict XVI ! The sitting “pope” was elected yata in a conclave administered by a certain character named Sixtus Illuminatus Brillantitus forcibly using a Latin American automated (fake) election system – the first ever in more than 2,000 years of papal conclaves.

  3. Mukhang kapag -hindi pumatok ang idea na pangmasa ni pope francis ay madadali ang pagka pope niya! Mukhang naibibinta na ang maraming simbahan sa Europe dahil wala ng nagsisimba at wala ng kita!
    Ang pinas na lang at latin America ang napagkukuhan nila ng pondo!
    Sunod-sunod yata ang palit at pagdami ng santo!! Ang naghalal ay hindi naman mga santo!may power silang gawin ito!! Wierd!!