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Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte dies at 78

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte died in Canada following a lengthy illness. He was 78. He was ordained a priest in 1959 at the age of 22 and became a bishop in 1982. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Montreal in 1990. He was made a cardinal four years later. ; Turcotte was well-known in Canada, where he often appeared on television and radio. He also wrote a newspaper column for more than a decade. Although he staunchly defended Catholic tradition, Turcotte supported reform and modernization of the Church. ; The Canadian cardinal participated in the conclaves that elected Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He predicted that Pope Francis would have a special focus on the poor. The College of Cardinals now has 122 cardinals eligible to vote in a future conclave and 225 overall. ATO RR JM -PR Up: MPI