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Bipartisan farewell to Napolitano, twice President - News

2023-09-26T18:49:24.999Z

Highlights: Bipartisan farewell to Napolitano, twice President - News. His son Giulio: 'Today unity and sharing' For the first time a coffin, wrapped in the tricolor, crosses the door of Montecitorio at the end of the morning. "One of the most important figures in the history of the Republic" pays homage to Lorenzo Fontana, president of the Chamber, while the coffin is in the adjoining room of the government, protected for the last time by the Cuirassiers.


His son Giulio: 'Today unity and sharing' (ANSA)


For the first time a coffin, wrapped in the tricolor, crosses the door of Montecitorio at the end of the morning. It is that of Giorgio Napolitano, who in Parliament receives the unprecedented tribute of a secular state funeral in front of President Mattarella and Prime Minister Meloni, after the moving greeting of Pope Francis yesterday to the funeral chamber in the Senate. From there the body is escorted with all honors to the Chamber, where it enters awaited by the heads of the institutions, while the picket of honor solemnly intones the national anthem. Twice President of the Republic, first communist tenant of the Hill, President of the Chamber, Minister of the Interior, deputy of the PCI, senator for life, MEP.

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A man of the institutions, everyone recognizes. To remember him, his son Giulio chooses the final words of his own autobiography: "I fought good battles and supported wrong causes, and gradually tried to correct mistakes, to explore new paths". He understood politics - says his son - as "ideal, mission, profession, listening, ethical and moral choice". Beautiful words full of passion recall Napolitano. Like those of Anna Finocchiaro, a traveling companion, in tears when she says "he chose the PCI for two flat and profound reasons, because it was the party that most fought fascism and because it mixes with the people". Then those of Gianni Letta, important. That exonerate Napolitano once and for all from the accusation of having hatched plots and conspiracies in 2011, when Berlusconi resigned and was succeeded in government by the coach Monti. "This is a republican mourning, there are no divisions whatsoever," Letta bows before a man who loved Italy but also the political struggle. Draghi, Monti, Letta, Renzi, Conte, Schlein, Salvini and Tajani from the government benches with all the ministers listen in silence.

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A silence that becomes absolute when the man most listened to by the Cav faces the scabrous question: "Certainly Napolitano never understood his role in a notarial sense, he fully exercised his powers and his ability to direct" but "without ever failing to strictly respect the limits set by the Constitution", in the interest of the country. "With Berlusconi they will clarify themselves in the light," says Letta. "One of the most important figures in the history of the Republic" pays homage to Lorenzo Fontana, president of the Chamber, while the coffin is in the adjoining room of the government, protected for the last time by the Cuirassiers. "A protagonist of republican history, who received in the Senate the last greeting of Italians and the historic visit of Pope Francis", recalls the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa. "A great European reformist", Paolo Gentiloni greets him, while Giuliano Amato says: "he made Europe a mission".

But it is when Sofia May, the young niece, speaks, that hearts melt. Her voice trembles and her eyes are full of tears, but her brother Simon's hand on her shoulder gives her strength. He tells of the tender grandfather who took his grandchildren to Capri and Stromboli, wrote to them even though they still could not read and suggested cartoons to watch on TV. But also of the man of dialogue, in the domestic nest as in the palaces of politics. A great politician and a great person, who dreamed of Europe and at the same time the full realization of the wishes of his grandchildren, who wanted free, satisfied, ready to fight for their ideals. "He always tried to offer a solution" and "taught us the importance of treating everyone with respect and courtesy, regardless of differences of opinions and positions" says Sofia looking for the softened look of her grandmother Clio, who for the greeting to the companion of her life today chooses the bright red of a magnificent large coral brooch. And she cries, when her son Giulio speaks of the "indissoluble relationship" with her husband.

President Mattarella, President French Macron and German President Steinmeier applaud Sofia. As well as Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, visibly struck by so much candor and grace. Macron and Steinmeier, in the difficult days of the migrant crisis, are here to pay tribute to Napolitano but also to his beloved country, Italy. It is Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi who closes the celebration with beautiful words on the private relationship with "the man of the highest culture" who quoted Thomas Mann in German, read Dante every day and as a layman defined Mozart's Ave verum, a religious text, "of otherworldly beauty". The cardinal greets him with a verse from the Old Testament: "Those who have led many to justice will shine in the firmament like the stars. Forever."

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