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French Cardinal Honoré dead at 92

February 28, 2013

Cardinal Jean Marcel Honoré, the retired Archbishop of Tours, France, died on February 28 at the age of 92.

Ordained for the Rennes archdiocese in 1942, Father Honoré was a seminary instructor before being named Bishp of Evreux in 1972. He became Archbishop of Tours in 1981, serving there until his retirement in 1997. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 2001.

Pope Benedict XVI praised the deceased French prelate for his “devotion in Catholic education and catechesis,” calling special attention to Cardinal Honoré’s work in editing the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

With the death of Cardinal Honoré there are now 207 living members of the College of Cardinals. Because the French prelate was beyond the age of 80 and thus ineligible to participate in a papal conclave, his death does not alter the number of cardinal-electors, which remains at 115.


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