Vatican City, May 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm
Pope Francis met with a delegation Thursday from the diocese in Peru where Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, was murdered last month.
Bishop Giorgio Barbetta, the auxiliary of Huarí diocese, came to Italy to offer a funeral Mass for De Munari, who was killed while serving among the poor as a Vincentian missionary in Peru.
“A beacon illuminated Nadia’s life,” Barbetta said at the funeral on May 3 in Schio, Italy.
De Munari brought this light to Nuevo Chimbote, the community where she served in Peru, Barbetta said.
In Nuevo Chimbote, the bishop explained, 80,000 people live “in shacks made of mats, often without light, water and sewers,” he said.
It was in this poor neighborhood that De Munari ran multiple kindergartens, daycare centers, and a primary school, serving around 500 children
“Just a few weeks ago, Nadia was worried about the children and had brought together the teachers to resume activities following the quarantine. She was running towards the good, but she was stopped by violence,” the bishop said.