Thursday, the funeral of Monsignor Aldo Giordano in the cathedral of Cuneo

The funeral of Monsignor Aldo Giordano, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the European Union, will be celebrated Thursday from 9 to 14, in the cathedral of Cuneo.

Monsignor Giordano was born on August 20, 1954 in Cuneo, in the hamlet of San Benigno. After his studies at the city seminary and a license in philosophy and theology, he was ordained a priest on July 28, 1979. Professor of the interdiocesan seminary of Fossano in the 1980s and 1990s, he was secretary general of the Council of Bishops of Europe. ‘Conferences for thirteen years then permanent observer of the Holy See at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His career in Vatican diplomacy continued in Venezuela as bishop and apostolic nuncio since 2013. In May of this year, Pope Francis finally assigned him to the apostolic nunciature to the European Union.

The Vatican authorities let it be known that the Monsignor had tested positive for Covid-19 after a trip to Budapest, and not in Slovakia as reported by various media. “A few days after his return to Brussels, – we read in a note of the nunciature – feeling influenced, he again took a swab, unfortunately proving positive for Covid-19. After a few days, on September 25, 2021, due to a sudden deterioration in his state of health, he was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Molière Longchamp hospital in Brussels. Later, on October 12, 2021, in a pharmacological coma, he was transferred to the hospital of the Catholic University of Louvain (Universitair Ziekenhuis KU Leuven) where he underwent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy (Ecmo). Mons. Aldo Giordano died in Leuven hospital on December 2, 2021 at 5.15 p.m.. As reported by The messenger, the prelate had not yet completed the vaccination cycle.

Among the many messages of condolence received following the announcement of the death is that of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The European leader said to herself “Deeply saddened” and added in a tweet: “The EU benefited from his remarkable diplomatic skills when he assumed the role of dean of the EU’s diplomatic corps. He was a good man, devoted to peace and dialogue. A true European ”. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also expressed his regret for the death of “A great friend of Venezuela”: “During his stay in our country, he proved to be a defender of peace and unity”. In the harshest years of the clash between Maduro’s Chavistas and the opposition, Monsignor Giordano had assumed a valued mediating role with the approval of his predecessor, the current Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

Parolin, who accompanies Pope Francis these days on his official visit to Cyprus and Greece, will be in Cuneo next Thursday for the funeral. He had already come to the city in 2013 precisely for the episcopal ordination of Monsignor Giordano. A large influx of people is expected to attend the ceremony, which is why a large screen should be installed in Piazza Seminario, under the covered market. The body will arrive from Belgium at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday and will be on display for the vigil in the parish church of San Benigno. The bishop of Cuneo, Monsignor Piero Delbosco, announces that he has offered his availability for burial in the crypt of the cathedral, among the tombs of the bishops. The family however indicated that the religious had already expressed the desire to be buried in the cemetery of San Benigno.

Monsignor Giordano leaves his brother Angelo, former provincial president of Coldiretti, and his sister Bruna, current deputy mayor of Tarantasca after fifteen years at the head of the municipality. In August of last year, he lost his other brother Franco, a Michelin retiree.

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