Rome Newsroom, Jan 11, 2022 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis has sent condolences for the death of European Parliament President David Sassoli, who died Tuesday at the age of 65.
Sassoli, a former Italian television journalist who became a member of the European Parliament in 2009, died in a hospital in Aviano, Italy on the morning of Jan. 11, according to his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo.
He had been hospitalized in Italy since Dec. 26 due to “a disfunction of the immune system,” Cuillo wrote.
A Vatican message addressed to Sassoli’s wife, Alessandra Vittorini, expressed the pope’s spiritual closeness to the family, mentioning the parliamentarian’s two children, Livia and Giulio, by name.