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Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran is a native of France. He joined the Holy See's diplomatic corps in 1975. His diplomatic assignments were to apostolis nunciatures in the Domenican Repulic (1975-1978) and Lebanon (1979-1983), and at the Vatican's Council for Pubilc Affairs of the Church (1983-1988). In 1988, he was designated as Under-Secretary of the council for Public Affairs of the Church (now the Secretariate of State's Section for Relations with States), a post he held until the appointment to Foreign Minister of the Holy See on October 1, 1990