Pakistan: Muslim clerics honor late Cardinal Tauran

On Sunday Aug. 12, Muslim clerics in Punjab province Pakistan paid tributes to late French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran at a special mourning service held in Lahore.

Cardinal Tauran, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, died in the United States on July 5 at the age of 75 after spending years battling Parkinson’s disease.

He visited the Islamic Republic eight years previously and made a strong impact due to his efforts to promote inter-faith harmony.”

This is our loss. We are saddened by the death of the cardinal, who spent his life among people like us,” Allama Zubair Abid said at the service.”

About 15 years ago such interfaith gatherings were impossible in Pakistan. We respect anyone who promotes peace and reject extremism regardless of their faith,” he added.

Allamu was one of about a dozen Muslims who joined the congregation at the city’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The solemn ceremony started with a recitation from the Quran by Qari Khalid Mehmood of the Punjab Assembly and ended with the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.

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