“Accepting the wish 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”. It is with these words that the judge Rosario Livatino was proclaimed blessed during a solemn ceremony celebrated in the cathedral of Agrigento. 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.
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.
“Rosario Livatino was a model of justice combined with the gift of faith – said the president of the Sicilian Region, Nello Musumeci on the sidelines of the ceremony -. He was able to reconcile the word of Christ and the duty to obey the laws of law and the mafia killed him for this, because he was a symbol and a testimony “.
Among those present also the senator of Leu and former national anti-mafia prosecutor, Piero Grasso, author of a long article in memory of Livatino in the Giornale di Sicilia today on newsstands: “His figure is important because we need models like him who testify to the great dedication of so many magistrates at a time when the judiciary does not enjoy the trust of citizens. represents the many magistrates who basically do their duty “.
Cardinal Montenegro recalled the historic cry of Saint John Paul II in the Valley of the Temples, just after having met the parents of judge Livatino: “Since then our church has felt the need to know better the figure of the young judge. The testimonies collected and the reconstruction of the life of Blessed Livatino prompted us to open the diocesan phase of the beatification process.
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