Meet the man who will proclaim new pope to the world

Mar 12, 2013, 03:18 IST | Agencies

The honour of announcing the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will fall to French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who will proclaim the outcome of the conclave from St Peter's Basilica.

The Bach-loving former Vatican diplomat will speak in Latin on a porch over St Peter’s Square after the conclave of cardinals announces a new pope has been elected by sending out white smoke from the Sistine Chapel.

Great responsibility: Jean-Louis Tauran, the French Cardinal, will say ‘Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus papam’ once a decision is made and a new pope is elected. Pic/AFP

“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus papam! (I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!)”, Tauran will say and then announce the name of the elected cardinal and the papal title he has chosen.

The 70-year-old from Bordeaux has the official title of ‘cardinal proto-deacon’, meaning he is the most senior cardinal from the order of deacons.

Tauran used to be the top Vatican official for inter-religious dialogue and travelled the world for late pope John Paul II.

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