The bishop of the German Evangelical Church at the Mass of Santa Rosalia: “Here an extraordinary welcome”

Editorial team 04 September 2021 15:25

Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, president of the Council of the German Evangelical Church, awarded the honorary citizen two years ago, is currently in Palermo. “Sharing his commitment to welcoming and respecting the right to life of migrants in the Mediterranean”, Bishop Bedford-Strohm will hold the Sunday religious function of the German public TV Zdf – which is usually held every Sunday in a German city – tomorrow morning on the terrace of the Loggiato di San Bartolomeo. For the first time, since the beginning of his mandate, Bedford-Strohm has chosen to preside over the Mass in a non-German city and has chosen Palermo for its “extraordinary welcome” in favor of migrants and for the ships of the NGOs. This morning the mayor Leoluca Orlando, together with the bishop Bedford-Strohm, participated in the mass, celebrated by Archbishop Corrado Lorefice, which was held at the sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino on the occasion of the feast of the ‘Santuzza’. The highest civil and military authorities were also present at the liturgical ceremony. Inside the sanctuary, after the holy mass, the mayor donated a floral tribute to Santa Rosalia. “Today, despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, is a day of celebration – said Orlando -. This difficult time reminds us how important is the right to health that Santa Rosalia protected by freeing Palermo from the plague. And today the plague from which we must freeing ourselves is Covid. For this we must take care of others and ourselves “. “The presence of Bishop Bedford-Strohm – added Orlando – honors the whole city and confirms the cultural path of Palermo in defense of human rights. And reiterates the need to guarantee respect for the right to life of all and the activation of mechanisms of relief and welcome with respect to the phenomenon of migration underway, today exacerbated by the dramatic moment that the Afghan people are experiencing. Bedford-Strohm appreciated the important cultural and social change of our city, its vision of the future for a Europe of welcome and respect for human rights “. “I was very moved by the fact that I was able to participate in the mass in honor of the Patron Saint of Palermo together with the mayor Leoluca Orlando – said Bedford-Strohm -. Today more than ever we depend on courageous people who fight for humanity and charity. This also includes the many people who are involved in rescue at sea in the Mediterranean in Palermo and from Palermo. With their commitment they fulfill a responsibility that, in reality, all of us in Europe have in common “.

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