Rome Newsroom, Jan 12, 2021 / 12:00 pm
For Catholic judge Rosario Livatino, to "render justice" was an act of prayerful self-dedication to God.
"To render justice is a fulfillment of oneself, it is a prayer, it is a dedication of oneself to God," Livatino said in a lecture on faith and law on the southern Italian island of Sicily in 1986.
Livatino, whose first name means "rosary" in Italian, worked as a prosecutor in Agrigento dealing with the criminal activity of the mafia in the 1980s. He was murdered on his commute to work on Sept. 21, 1990, when he was 37 years old and serving as a magistrate. He was recently declared a martyr by Pope Francis and is expected to be beatified in Sicily this year.
In an interview published Jan. 12, Fr. Giuseppe Livatino, postulator of the cause for Livatino's beatification, said that the young Catholic judge provided a "credible witness" of coherence in his life of faith and his daily work.