Farewell, Bishop De Angelis
Your Excellency, June
behalf of our parish community, and especially of these confirmed young people,
I would like to thank you for your presence today and during these 11 years in
St. John Paul II had a difficult job to do, he did not hesitate to give it to
Bishop De Angelis: for example, a Catholic university in Albania, a country
with a great Islamic majority. Bishop De Angelis built schools and hospitals in
poor places of India and Africa. He built hospitals for Aids patients in Italy.
He has been a hero of the love of God for those who are in need.
John Paul II appointed him as Bishop of our diocese in 2002. Today, this
diocese has a renewed spiritual and financial face. Bishop De Angelis would
prefer to say that there is much more to do. He is right, but we are happy
today because in these years we have moved forward, we have grown, with his
help. Pope Benedict XVI entrusted to him with the task of a new Catholic College
in the diocese. A challenge? Yes. A dream? Maybe. But I have the impression
that the popes know that when you have something very difficult to do, you have
to pray, and give it to Bishop De Angelis to get it done. Today the College is
a reality, with an encouraging academic and financial support, with a clear way
to the future.
visited all the parishes in the diocese every year. He visited all prisoners in
their institutions. Penitentiaries did not stop him, road police… they did stop
him, but only for warnings!
you have called the IVE to serve the diocese with the College; you have called
the IVE to serve this parish of St. Michael. You have helped me so much in these
few years as pastor, with your advice, protection and support. You have visited
us so many times, and support our parish in many ways. Bishop, we have a
beautiful community today, thanks to you.
are not taking from us anything. All we have tried to give you, you have always
given to our youth. Bishop, at least take with you our memory, our prayers and
the applause of a community who will miss you very much.