Blessed Rosario Livatino will be remembered on October 29th.

“Accepting the desire of Cardinal Montenegro, we grant that the venerable servant of god Angelo Rosario Livatino is henceforth called blessed and that, every year, his feast may be celebrated on October 29 “. With these words that the judge this morning Rosario Livatino has been proclaimed Beato , during a solemn ceremony celebrated in the cathedral of Agrigento. At that point all the bells rang in celebration. At the same time, the reliquary containing the shirt worn by the blessed on the day he was killed by the mafia was placed in a reliquary in the cathedral. It is a reliquary made of hammered and chiseled silver. Livatino is the first magistrate to be raised by the “Beato” Church. The ceremony, officiated by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, took place in an armored Agrigento. Civil and military authorities present: among others, the president of the Palermo Court of Appeal Matteo Frasca, the Attorney General of Caltanissetta Lia Sava, the Prosecutor of Agrigento Luigi Patronaggio and the Cardinal of Agrigento Francesco Montenegro.
The magistrate was also remembered by Pope Francis at the Regina Caeli : “Today in Agrigento Rosario Angelo Livatino was beatified, martyr of justice and faith in his service to the community as an upright judge who never allowed himself to be bribed. He endeavored to judge not to condemn but to redeem. His work always placed him under the protection of God, and for this reason he became a witness to the Gospel, even to his heroic death. May his example be for everyone, especially the magistrates, an incentive to be loyal defenders of legality and freedom “.
Livatino, Musumeci: “Model of life for young people to build a new Sicily”
“I think it’s a day of celebration for all of Sicily, and not just for us Sicilians, because the Church recognizes blessed a magistrate who was able to reconcile the Gospel with the value of the Penal Code, the word of Christ with the law. And for this he paid with his life, because he was a very dangerous example for criminal organizations. This is why the Mafia wanted to eliminate him . I believe that it should be indicated as a model of life, a paradigm for all the young people with whom we have the duty to build, and are building, a new Sicily “. This was stated by the president of the Sicilian Region Nello Musumeci, on the sidelines of the beatification ceremony of judge Rosario Livatino, murdered by the mafia 31 years ago.

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