Fr. Giussani's Funeral - OTHER DOCUMENTS

Fr. Giussani's Funeral

2/24/2005

Fr. Giussani's funeral was held in the the Duomo, the Cathedral of Milan on Thursday 24th February, 2005. More than 40,000 people were present, about 10,000 inside the Cathedral and another 30,000 in the Piazza outside. Italian television transmitted a live broadcast of the funeral which was attended by the Prime Minister of Italy and many members of the Italian parliament.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith and Papal Representative, and Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, presided over the funeral mass. At the beginning of the mass a message from the Pope was read by Archbishop Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. We include the full text of the Pope's message here as well as the homily of Cardinal Ratzinger and the intervention of Fr. Carron, the leader of Communion and Liberation.

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