Pope Francis comforts parents of slain Italian Catholic priest

The Pope referred to the meeting with the family of Fr. Roberto Malgesini during his general audience address Oct. 14 in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Oct 17, 2020

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis met with the parents of a slain Italian priest before the general audience Wednesday.

The Pope referred to the meeting with the family of Fr. Roberto Malgesini during his general audience address Oct. 14 in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

He said: “Before entering the Hall, I met the parents of that priest of the Diocese of Como who was killed: he was killed precisely in his service to others. The tears of those parents are their own tears, and each one of them knows how much he or she has suffered in seeing this son who gave his life in service to the poor.” 

He continued: “When we want to console somebody, we cannot find the words. Why? Because we cannot arrive at his or her pain, because her sorrows are her own, his tears are his own. The same is true of us: the tears, the sorrow, the tears are mine, and with these tears, with this sorrow I turn to the Lord.”

Malgesini, who was known for his care for the homeless and migrants, was stabbed to death Sept. 15 in the northern Italian city of Como.

The day following Malgesini’s death, Pope Francis said: “I praise God for the witness, that is, for the martyrdom, of this witness of charity towards the poorest.”

The Pope noted that the priest had been killed “by a person in need whom he himself helped, a person with a mental illness.” 

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski represented the pope at Malgesini’s funeral Sept. 19.

The 51-year-old priest was posthumously awarded Italy’s highest honor for civil valor Oct. 7. 

Bishop Oscar Cantoni of Como was also present at the meeting with the pope and Malgesini’s parents.––CNA

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Gareth S Bidaudgsbidaud@gmail.com
Hi there, I have read more than one article about the murder of Fr R Malgesini, and not once you had the courage to tell us the truth? Why cannot you tell us the murderer was a muslim fanatic? Why cannot us tell us that the premeditated murder is according to Islam faith? Why don’t you tell us that the Koran orders muslims to slay non-muslims wherever they find them? It is despicable to label the murderer, mentally ill!
KEVIN COELHOkevin.j.coelho@gmail.com
We pray through the intercession of the late father malgesini who was murdered by a person whom he had helped and who was not in a proper state of mind especially for Kareena and Mans and all those who have strayed from the faith for them to return to the one and only way to eternal salvation.