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

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.”


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