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Leonardo Sandri

Leonardo Sandri (born 18 November 1943) is an 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 as 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.

Cardinal Sandri was present at Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Yad Vashem memorial and commented that his speech was a source of joy for both Christians and Jews.

Sandri has said that although the regime of Saddam Hussein was dictatorial, it is undeniable that Iraqi clergy and laity felt more secure under his regime and that their liturgical life went on undisturbed.

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