Cardinal Poupard Named Envoy for Marian Event

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 7, 2008 ( Benedict XVI named Cardinal Paul Poupard as his special envoy to a Marian conference to be held in Lourdes just before the Pope arrives in that French city.

The cardinal is a retired president of the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue. He will attend the 22nd International Mariological Marian Congress, scheduled for Sept. 4-8.

The Pontiff will himself be in France from Sept. 12 to 15, for the 150th anniversary or the Blessed Virgin's apparitions at Lourdes.

The congresses, held every four years, are sponsored by the Pontifical International Marian Academy. This year's theme is "The Apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin Mary: Between History, Faith and Theology."