Of Esther Palma
The letter from the family lawyer to Bishop Leonardo Sapienza: “It would be your wish that the Holy Father speak about Emanuela for the anniversary.” And Francesco did it at the Angelus: “I am especially close to my mother”
«On the 40th anniversary of the death of Emanuela Orlandi, I would like to express once again my closeness with family membersespecially the mother. I assure my prayers and extend my memory to all
families who carry the pain of a missing person. On the election of Pope Francis at the end of theAngelus in Saint Peter’s Squarecould have considered the request for Laura Sgro, Orlandi family lawyer: on June 15, one week before the anniversary of the disappearance of the very young Vatican citizen, he sent an email, published by Corriere exclusiveto the Vatican Secretariat of State, “in the direction of Father Leonardo Sapienza”.
The role of Father Leonardo Sapienza
“Next week it will fall the unfortunate anniversary of the fortieth of the disappearance – writes Laura Sgro in your mail – On Sunday June 25 there will be a meeting to remember emmanuelthe participants will then meet in Saint Peter’s Square for the Angelus of His Holiness”. And he adds: «It would be the wish of the family that His Holiness remembered Emanuela and greet the group of people who will gather for you”. What Francis did, at the end of the celebration, after also remembering the 46 victims of the revolt in women’s prison in honduras and asking, as always, peace for Ukraine and the world. And definitely after agreeing with father leonardo sapienzaRegent of the Prefecture of the Papal Household: or the head of ceremony of the Pope, the one who keeps his diary and proposes the requests that arrive, after obviously having carried out a first screening. HEThe Regent agrees with him on everything., with whom the Pope meets and who can be approached outside of the events in which he participates. Anyone who knows him knows that, if he can, he lends a hand to everyone, in the sense that he proposes to the Holy Father all the sensible requests that can be accepted. As could have happened this time.
The sit-in, banners and applause
HE protesters of the sit-in by Emanuela Orlandi were received in Piazza San Pietro among the applause and they unfolded a banner with the photo of Emanuela and the words “Truth and justice”, “Emanuela is our sister”, “Peter, don’t give up.” On Saturday night, the brother of the disappearance had let it be known that he had received authorization for the group to go to the square. with “themed shirts and banners” and after the Angelus he commented: «The fact that the Pope has remembered the 40 years and what springs from his words, the hope of clarity, that the truth will come out, I take it as a positive signwhich I hope will be heard by those senators who are standing
objecting to the commission because they should also know that
evidently even the Pope at this moment wants it to be
get to the truth.”
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June 25, 2023 ( edit June 25, 2023 | 4:47 pm)