Agrigento, Italy, Jan 28, 2021 / 14:42 pm
The Archbishop of Agrigento and his coadjutor have written a letter to explain why the body of the soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino will be translated from his hometown to the Cathedral of Agrigento.
Some people in the town of Canicattì, Sicily, have resisted the movement of the relics of Livatino, an Italian magistrate who was murdered by the mafia in 1990 at the age of 37.
Pope Francis declared last month that Livatino was a martyr, killed in hatred of the faith. His beatification is expected to be held later this year in the Archdiocese of Agrigento.
An op-ed in a local Sicilian newspaper Jan. 22 referenced a “controversy” on social media over the movement of the martyr’s body.
The Archbishop of Agrigento, Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, and his coadjutor Archbishop Alessandro Damiano wrote a letter last week to the community of Canicattì, the town where Livatino was born, to explain why his relics are being transferred to the cathedral.
Canicattì is fewer than 25 miles northeast of Agrigento. It has a population of about 36,000, compared to the 60,000 of Agrigento.
The bishops noted the resistance to the movement of the relics, stating “that the tone and style of the controversy regarding the possible transfer of the mortal remains of Judge Livatino to the cathedral do not suit either the moment (which it should be the occasion for a joy shared with the whole Church) nor to the circumstance (given the typically ecclesial nature of the question).”
“Certainly, they do not honor the memory of the Servant of God nor give a good witness to those who, in many parts of Italy and the world, have their eyes on us in view of his beatification,” they said.