His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the representative of Rome Pope for our Eastern Churches and His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio visited St. Peter and Pauls’ Parish on Sunday May 14th.

Cardinal Sandri is an Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia. He visited Australia from 6 May 2017 until 15 May 2017, as part of his mission to promote and support the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Cardinal Sandri honoured us by his blessed pastoral visit to our parish celebrating Morning Sunday Mass with us along with His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio and His grace our Bishop Peter Stasiuk.

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri

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Leonardo Sandri born 18 November 1943 is an Argentine Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia, having previously served in the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States, as permanent observer of the Holy See before the Organization of American States, from 1989 to 1991. Was Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela (1997–2000), Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico (2000) and Substitute for General Affairs (2000–2007). He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. The press named Cardinal Sandri as a papabile (a possible or likely successor for election to the Papacy) following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, effective 28 February 2013. However the conclave elected his fellow Argentine, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, as Pope Francis.