Prefect Lights a Lamp for Eastern Churches
VATICAN CITY, JULY 3, 2007 ( Zenit.org ).- The recently appointed prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches lit a lamp in St. Peter's Basilica to symbolize the Church's concern for Christians in the East.
Archbishop Leonardo Sandri lit the flame in front of an icon of the Mother of God.
Archbishop Sandri said the flame is "a sign of our full attention toward our brethren of the East, who suffer daily from the consequences of war, division, hatred and attempted bombings," Vatican Radio reported.
He also said the gesture was a call to prayer for those involved in the spiral of violence that damages personal and social coexistence.