Ratzinger: Raspanti, we remember him with affection and veneration

(ANSA) – PALERMO, DECEMBER 31 – “With a heart deeply saddened by the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I invite the diocesan community, mindful of the benefits received from his Magisterium, during the years of his pontificate (2005-2013), to raise prayers of suffrage”. This was stated by Monsignor Antonino Raspanti, bishop of Acireale and president of the Sicilian Episcopal Conference “A man of extraordinary culture and piety, he penetrated the mystery of Christ and the Church with a contemplative soul. His texts, the Encyclical Letters and the various documents remain a point of a point of reference for meeting and loving Jesus of Nazareth – adds Raspanti – Edified by his humility, we remember him with affection and veneration, while he goes to meet the Father in whose tenderness and mercy he trusted”. .