At the closing of the General Congregation, the General Secretary of the Synod of
Bishops, H. Exc. Mons. Nikola ETEROVIČ, announced that the Holy Father Pope Benedict
XVI has given to the Synod Fathers a gold plated bronze reproducing a detail of Giambattista
Tiepolo's fresco of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, conserved in the Oratory
of the Purità in Udine (Italy). The piece, executed by the Savi brothers, commemorates
the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the marian dogma by Pope Pius XII, and
is intended to be a special sign of entrustment of the Eastern Churches to the maternal
protection of the Mother of God.