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HARTFORD— Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, adds his prayers for the repose of the soul of  Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran to those of the Holy Father Pope Francis and other Vatican officials as the cardinal’s death was announced earlier today.

Cardinal Tauran was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1943, and he was ordained a priest at the age of 26. A churchman all of  his life, with a long and distinguished ministry of service with and for the Holy See in the Vatican diplomatic service since 1975, he most recently served as the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In 2014, he was named the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. (Upon the election of Pope Francis, it was he, as Cardinal Proto-deacon, who made the historic announcement, “Habemus papam," (we have a pope) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.)

Cardinal Tauran had been in the Archdiocese of Hartford seeking treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

He also intended to give a lecture on interreligious dialogue in light of his recent visit to Saudi Arabia to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in Meriden. His Eminence had inaugurated their new chapel in 2014, which he encouraged them to build given their increasing numbers.

Our sympathies go to Cardinal Tauran’s family, to his many friends and co-workers at the Vatican, and to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist who never left his side during his hospitalization.  May God grant him a place of refreshment, light and peace with all the saints.

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alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.