Solemn ceremony today in the cathedral of Agrigento for the beatification of judge Rosario Angelo Livatino killed by the mafia in 1990. “It will be commemorated every 29 October”, Vatican News reports. “Today in Agrigento Rosario Angelo Livatino was beatified, martyr of justice and faith in his service to the community as an upright judge who never allowed himself to be bribed. He strove to judge not to condemn but to redeem. His work set him up. always under the protection of God, for this reason he became a witness of the Gospel, up to his heroic death. May his example be for everyone, especially the magistrates, an incentive to be loyal defenders of legality and freedom “, said Pope Francis at the end of the Regina Coeli prayer, adding “welcome to the new Blessed”. “To honor Rosario Livatino, the first blessed magistrate in the history of the Church, who courageously exercised his profession as a lay mission, a working group on ‘excommunication to the mafias’ was set up at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. ‘objective of deepening the theme, collaborating with the Bishops of the world, promoting and supporting initiatives “. This is what a note from the Dicastery communicates. The Group includes Vittorio V. Alberti, “official” of the Dicastery for Human Development and coordinator, the former president of the Anti-Mafia Commission, Rosy Bindi, Fr Luigi Ciotti, president of Libera, Fr Marcello Cozzi , Don Raffaele Grimaldi, inspector general of chaplains in Italian prisons, Monsignor Michele Pennisi, Archbishop of Monreale, Giuseppe Pignatone, President of the Vatican Tribunal, and Father Ioan Alexandru Pop, of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.
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