VATICAN RETURNS 3 PARTHENON FRAGMENTS TO GREECE SETTING AN EXAMPLE
The agreement was signed in Rome on Tuesday during a private Vatican Museums ceremony by the head of the Vatican city-state, Cardinal Fernando Vergez, Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Father Emmanuel Papamikroulis, envoy of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II.
“I hope the Pope’s initiative is followed by others,” said Father Papamikroulis on Tuesday, adding that the Pope made it clear that the return of cultural property was feasible and realistic. He went on to describe the action as “a historical event” that “heals, even partially, wounds and traumas from practices belonging to a distant past. Much still remains to be done”.