Vatican peace delegation poised to visit Syria
A mid-week departure of leading prelates had been anticipated, but Lombardi told reporters: “We of course must take into account the events of recent days,” in a reference to fighting in Damascus and related unrest in Beirut.
It is a matter “of responding effectively to the proposed goals of solidarity, peace and reconciliation despite the very serious events that have taken place recently in the region,” Lombardi said.
Pope Benedict XVI’s right-hand man, Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, announced the planned mission last week.
The delegation will be made up of top Vatican officials including Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. [more]