Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Cardinal Bertone explains postponement of Vatican delegation's visit to Syria

Catholic World News - October 23, 2012

A visit to Syria by a delegation of prelates appointed by Pope Benedict XVI will probably not take place until after the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has announced.

Speaking on October 23 to Synod participants, the Secretary of State said that Vatican officials are assessing plans for the delegation’s visit in light of “the tragic episodes that have taken place in the region over recent days.” He said that the visit “will be postponed,” and that as a result of the schedule change, some members of the papal delegation may be replaced because of other commitments.

A delegation will visit Syria soon, however, Cardinal Bertone said. He reminded the Synod that the Pope wanted the prelates “to express his solidarity and that of the Synod with the people of Syria who, unfortunately, have for some time been experiencing a tragic situation of suffering.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,902 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,098.29
45% 55%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod 18 hours ago
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried 18 hours ago
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy 19 hours ago
Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All July 28
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21