Archishop's remains return to France

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

NARBONNE, France, March 15, 2007 (AFP) - An 18th-century French archbishop whose remains were unearthed in London during works on a new cross-Channel rail terminal is to be interred in southern France on Friday.

NARBONNE, France, March 15, 2007 (AFP) - An 18th-century French archbishop whose remains were unearthed in London during works on a new cross-Channel rail terminal is to be interred in southern France on Friday.

Born near Paris in 1721, Arthur Richard-Dillon was ordained in 1763 as Archbishop of the Mediterranean town of Narbonne, leaving a stamp on the region by carrying out a series of public works including bridges, canals and dams.

The French-born son of an Irishman, Dillon fled to England in 1791 following the French Revolution. He was buried in the Saint Pancras neighbourhood in north London upon his death in 1806.

His tomb was uncovered in 2004 during an archaeologists' dig to prepare for the construction of a new terminal for the Eurostar high-speed train service.

Dillon's remains are to be carried on a barge along a canal before being interred in a Narbonne chapel, in a solemn ceremony complete with Gregorian chant in the presence of the former archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, and Papal Nuncio Fortunato Baldelli.

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