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French Cardinal Balland Dies

March 1, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Jean Balland, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon, died Sunday, less than two months after he was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II. He was 63.

Balland had been suffering from lung cancer and was hospitalized in November, the archdiocese of Lyon said in a statement.

Born July 26, 1934, Balland was the fifth child in a family of winemakers.

He was ordained in 1961, worked as a seminary professor and served as bishop of Dijon from 1982 to 1988. He was archbishop of Reims before his appointment in Lyon, France’s second-largest city, in 1995.

Balland was named a cardinal Jan. 18. His death reduced to 120 the number of cardinals under age 80 and thus eligible to vote for the next pope.

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