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100th anniversary of French archdiocese

October 28, 2013

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as his special envoy to the celebrations commemorating the centenary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Lille.

Lille, a city of 225,000 in northern France, is the nation’s tenth largest.

La Voix du Nord, the city’s newspaper, reported that 20 bishops, more than 100 priests, and more than 2,500 faithful – including 500 students associated with the Taizé Community –attended the closing Mass, which concluded with the playing of “Happy Birthday” on the cathedral’s pipe organ.


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