Peter Jennings writes:
The eyes of the whole world were rivetingly focused on Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the French Proto Deacon of the Sacred College, when he announced “Habemus Papam” from the central Loggia of St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on the evening of Wednesday, 13 March 2013.
In English these were: “We have a Pope, Jorge Mario, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis.”
A little over three months later, on Saturday, 15 June, Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, was at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, where he took part in Vespers at the end of his rewarding ecumenical visit to London and Birmingham.
Before Vespers, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, helped my wife Stella to present a copy of the new CTS booklet, First Addresses of Pope Francis, to the Cardinal.
Cardinal Tauran very kindly allowed Stella to take an exclusive picture of him holding the booklet for the CTS to use to help promote it world-wide.
*I am seriously ill at the present time and so was unable to cover the visit of Cardinal Tauran to Birmingham, as I normally would have done, in my capacity as Press Secretary to Archbishop Bernard Longley and to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.