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Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal; attends full Mass

Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal; attends full Mass
Pope Francis stands behind to the coffin of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran during the funeral service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatica July 12, 2018.
VATICAN CITY, JUL 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/13/2018 12:17:01 AM IST
Pope Francis has paid an unusually personal and public tribute to French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran by attending the funeral of the former Vatican foreign minister and interfaith expert, reports AP.
Usually, popes only preside over the final rites at funerals for cardinals. But in a sign of Francis’ esteem for his close confidante, Francis attended the entire Mass on Thursday in St. Peter’s Basilica, which was celebrated by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
Even before Sodano and other cardinals processed in, Francis was seated on a chair to the side of the altar near Tauran’s casket.
Tauran died last week in the United States, where he was being treated for the Parkinson’s disease that he suffered for years.

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