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Pope to send delegation of 7 prelates, including Cardinal Dolan, to Damascus

October 17, 2012

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, announced that Pope Benedict will send an international delegation of seven prelates to strife-torn Syria next week.

The delegation, said Cardinal Bertone, will express “our fraternal solidarity to the whole population, with a personal offering from the synodal fathers as well as from the Holy See; our spiritual closeness to our Christian brothers and sisters; our encouragement to all those who are involved in the search for an agreement that respects the rights and duties of all with particular attention to what is demanded by humanitarian law.”

Members of the delegation will include Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Bishop Fabio Suescun Mutis, the military ordinary of Colombia; Bishop Joseph Nguyen Nang of Phat Diem (Vietnam); Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States; and Msgr. Alberto Ortega Martin, an official of the Secretariat of State.

“In the meantime time we pray that reason and compassion might prevail,” said Cardinal Bertone.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Oct. 17, 2012 4:13 PM ET USA

    The announcement says, "in the next few days." Will this get Card Dolan out of his exercise of atrociously poor judgment in inviting Barack Obama to the Al Smith Dinner scheduled for tomorrow night in New York??