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Farewell to Napolitano, his son: 'Good battles from him'. Letta: 'With Berlusconi they will clarify up there' - IL LIVEBLOG - News

2023-09-26T15:30:10.811Z

Highlights: Farewell to Napolitano, his son: 'Good battles from him' Letta: 'With Berlusconi they will clarify up there' Cardinal Ravasi: 'He was a righteous, he will shine like a star' (ANSA). Key points. Farewell secular to the Chamber, Macron and Steinmeier also in the hall. His son Giulio: 'We live this moment in a spirit of unity and sharing'. The emotion of his niece Sofia. The coffin left Piazza Montecitorio amid the applause of those present.


Farewell secular to the Chamber, Macron and Steinmeier also in the hall. His son Giulio: 'We live this moment in a spirit of unity and sharing'. The emotion of his niece Sofia. Gianni Letta: 'With Berlusconi they will clarify up there'. Cardinal Ravasi: 'He was a righteous, he will shine like a star' (ANSA)


Key points

  • 14:12 Napolitano's coffin leaves Montecitorio
  • 13:38 Concluded the lay funeral in Montecitorio
  • 13:22 Amato: "An Italian with his qualities will be born will be slow to be born"
  • 13:16 Cardinal Ravasi: "He was a righteous, he will shine like a star"
  • 12:53 Applause for Gentiloni recalling the pro-European line
  • 12:47 Gianni Letta: "Berlusconi and Napolitano will clarify up there"
  • 13:46 Finocchiaro recalls his attention to the role of women
  • 12:25 Sofia Napolitano is moved: formidable and caring man
  • 12:23 His son Giulio: "He fought good battles and supported wrong causes"
  • 12:11 La Russa: Napolitano has always claimed his political history
  • 12:11 Fontana: Napolitano one of the most important figures Republic
  • 11:52 Napolitano's coffin in the Chamber, the tribute of the authorities
  • 11:52 Standing room at the arrival of the coffin in the square
  • 11:47 Clio Bittoni welcomes the coffin in Montecitorio
  • 11:48 Citizens with their hands on their hearts follow the funeral from the screens
  • 11:35 Napolitano's coffin arrives in Piazza Montecitorio
  • 11:26 Napolitano's coffin leaves the Senate, towards the Chamber
  • 11:03 Salvini at the Chamber for Napolitano's funeral
  • 10:52 Mattarella at the Chamber for the secular funeral of Napolitano
  • 10:42 Meloni arrived at Montecitorio for the funeral
  • 10:11 The area around the vault for Napolitano's funeral

14:12

Napolitano's coffin leaves Montecitorio

The coffin of President Emeritus Giorgio Napolitano has just left Piazza Montecitorio amid the applause of those present and someone who said "thank you president". Behind Napolitano's coffin, covered by the tricolor flag, his family, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa, the President of the Chamber Lorenzo Fontana, and the heads of foreign state.

13:38

Concluded the lay funeral in Montecitorio

With the applause at the last speech of Giuliano Amato, president emeritus of the Constitutional Court, the ceremony for the lay funeral of Giorgio Napolitano in the Aula di Montecitorio ended. The first to leave were the members of the family, including his wife Clio, son Giulio and granddaughter Sofia. Then the foreign guests to whom the parliamentarians gave a round of applause during the exit. Emmanuel Macron and Francois Hollande followed the whole ceremony without using headphones for translation, which instead preferred to use Steinmeier. In all, the ceremony lasted little longer than expected hour and twenty. The parliamentarians remained in the hemicycle to allow the ceremonial protocol to take place.

13:22

Amato: "An Italian with his qualities will be slow to be born"

"It will really take a long time to be born, if he is born, an Italian with his qualities put at the service of a politics experienced as the fundamental place in which to interact with others. It is no coincidence that one of the most beautiful quotes in his speeches is that of a young man sentenced to death by the Resistance who writes to his mother: 'They made us believe - he wrote - that politics is dirt and work for specialists. Instead, politics and public affairs are ourselves." Napolitano taught this to all of us." This was said by the president emeritus of the Constitutional Court and former premier, Giuliano Amato.

13:16

Cardinal Ravasi: "He was a righteous, he will shine like a star"

"The wise shall shine like the splendor of the firmament; Those who have brought many to justice will shine like the stars forever." It is the phrase taken from the biblical book of Daniel (chapter 12, verse 3), that Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, dedicated to the President Emeritus of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano during the state funeral ceremony in the Chamber of Deputies. Ravasi explained that he wanted to place an ideal "flower" on Napolitano's tomb and that this flower is the phrase taken from Daniele.

Video Napolitano, Ravasi: 'With him a relationship of harmony and sympathy'

12:53

Applause for Gentiloni who recalls the pro-European line

A long applause for the European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at the end of his speech in the Chamber at Montecitorio for the secular funeral of Giorgio Napolitano. A speech of European scope that outlined the institutional figure of the former president emeritus, recalling the Atlanticist slant of his policy.

"We salute a great president, a symbol of the credibility and strength of the institutions of the Republic and we make him close to you, President Mattarella, who is an expression of this credibility and strength. We salute a great reformist, for him Europe has always been the high road, this way, your way, we will always try to follow it", said Paolo Gentiloni.

12:47

Gianni Letta: "Berlusconi and Napolitano will clarify up there"

With the death of Giorgio Napolitano "also closes a tormented and complex chapter of this story: after Berlusconi, Napolitano, three months apart. I like to imagine that by meeting up there they can say what they did not say to each other down here and, once all controversy has subsided, they can clarify and find themselves in the light". This was said by Gianni Letta, speaking at the funeral of the President Emeritus of the Republic in the Chamber of Deputies.

"In the face of a mourning that I would call republican - said Letta - there are no divisions whatsoever: it does not erase but overcomes every divergence and cancels the cultural and political distinctions that are inevitable in a figure like President Napolitano, who before holding the highest institutional offices with authority and prestige was for many years a leading protagonist of Italian political life".

"We all bow reverently to pay tribute to the memory of a man who loved Italy," Letta said.

Video Napolitano, Gianni Letta: 'I imagine clarification with Berlusconi up there''

13:46

Finocchiaro recalls his attention to the role of women

"Few remember then that, always, it will refer to the political question of the role and condition of Italian women". This was stated by Anna Finocchiaro, president of the Italiadecide Foundation, in her speech at the secular funeral of the former head of state, Giorgio Napolitano, underway at Montecitorio. Then he added an episode related to the years in which Napolitano was president of the Chamber, from 1992 to '94: "In February of '93 he opposes the immunity of headquarters to the Guardia di Finanza delegated by the Milan prosecutor to the acquisition of documents (already public), in May he convenes the Council for the regulation to make clear the vote on the authorizations to proceed. There's no need to comment."

Video Napolitano, Finocchiaro moved: 'He spent his life for Italy'

12:25

Sofia Napolitano is moved: formidable and caring man

"Giorgio Napolitano was a leader and a politician and a formidable man caring and full of attention, he was always present for us, he listened to our problems in a participatory and understanding way despite being already busy with the problems of the country". Sofia Napolitano said this through tears during the ceremony in the Chamber of Deputies.

"He always wrote to us, even when we couldn't read yet, he phoned us when he saw cartoons on television that he thought we would like. He picked us up from school and took us to Villa Borghese for an ice cream. He always found time for me and Simone, despite his commitments," said Sofia Napolitano. "The advice he gave us makes us feel confident in ourselves when faced with personal choices."

12:23

His son Giulio: "He fought good battles and supported wrong causes"

"We live this moment in a spirit of unity and sharing". This was said by Giulio Napolitano, son of the President Emeritus of the Republic, during the ceremony for the state funeral in the Chamber of Deputies, thanking the authorities present and the citizens who visited the funeral chamber in recent days.

Napolitano "fought good battles and supported wrong causes," his son said, retracing his political and institutional commitment.

Video Napolitano, his son Giulio: 'Politics inseparable from family life, neighbors with love'

12:11

La Russa: Napolitano has always claimed his political history

President Napolitano has always claimed - with pride - his political history, his roots, the values in which he believed. As I recalled in this House, on the occasion of his 70 years of parliamentary activity, Giorgio Napolitano witnessed a culture that becomes politics and a political culture that becomes an institution. As Head of State he led the nation, recognizing himself in those values that are the foundations of our Constitutional Charter. Of course, like all great leaders, he has had confrontations and contrasts in the political arena, even harsh ones". This was stated by the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa

12:11

Fontana: Napolitano one of the most important figures Republic

"I greet with great affection Mrs. Clio and all her family. With Napolitano, one of the most important figures in the history of the Republic disappears": This is stated by the President of the Chamber Lorenzo Fontana.

11:52

Napolitano's coffin in the Chamber, the tribute of the authorities

The coffin of the President Emeritus of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano was brought to the hall of ministers in the Chamber, accompanied by his wife Clio and family members. During the transatlantic passage, in a silence broken only by the shots of photographers and the message received from a mobile phone, the highest Italian authorities and representatives of foreign states, lined up on the side of the red carpet, paid tribute to him: the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa, that of the Chamber Lorenzo Fontana, the President of the Republic Sergio Napolitano, alongside the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, followed by President French Emmanuel Macron, President Emeritus of the Republic French Francois Hollande, other senior foreign representatives, and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the President of the Constitutional Court Silvana Sciarra to close the queue. In the hall of ministers, scheduled, before the secular funeral in the Hall, foreign heads of state take turns for a moment of recollection.

Video The coffin of Napolitano in Piazza Montecitorio

11:52

Standing room at the arrival of the coffin in the square

In the Chamber at Montecitorio everyone stands up when the coffin of Giorgio Napolitano arrives on the square. The external ceremony is in fact followed through the two monitors of the hemicycle. Many parliamentarians are on the alert until the coffin enters the palace after the performance of Mameli's hymn. For over 10 minutes the assembly remains standing.

11:47

Clio Bittoni welcomes the coffin in Montecitorio

Clio Napolitano welcomed the coffin of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, at the entrance of the palace of Montecitorio. The wife of the former head of state, 88 years old and in a wheelchair, is following the coffin accompanied by a relative.

11:48

Citizens with their hands on their hearts follow the funeral from the screens

Several people are following the live broadcast of the funeral of President Emeritus Giorgio Napolitano from a maxi-screen positioned in Piazza Capranichetta, adjacent to Montecitorio. Photos and hand on heart for some of them to the hymn of Mameli.

11:35

Napolitano's coffin arrives in Piazza Montecitorio

The coffin of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, wrapped in the Tricolor arrived in Piazza Montecitorio. He is escorted by cuirassiers. A secular state funeral will soon take place in the Chamber of Deputies. To open the speeches in the Chamber will be the President of the Chamber, Lorenzo Fontana and the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa. Applause from the citizens welcomed the coffin in Piazza Montecitorio. On the sides of the square there are some citizens, others near the giant screen set up in the square.

11:26

Napolitano's coffin leaves the Senate, towards the Chamber

The coffin of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, left the Senate to be transported to the Chamber where the state funeral and the solemn commemoration ceremony will take place. The coffin, wrapped in a Tricolor flag and escorted by four cuirassiers, came out of the main door on Viale Risorgimento, above the entrance the flags at half-mast. Present the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa and relatives. A crowd of onlookers waited for the exit of the coffin along the way.

11:03

Salvini at the Chamber for Napolitano's funeral

With a white folder under his arm, Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini arrived at the Chamber for the funeral of President Emeritus of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. Before entering the Chamber, the Deputy Prime Minister stopped briefly on the ocean liner with the Undersecretary of Labor Claudio Durigon and the Minister of Sport Andrea Abodi. Abodi then entered the Chamber together with the president of CONI, Giovanni Malagò. Among those who have already taken their seats in the hemicycle, also the former president of Coni and the Football Federation Franco Carraro.

Video Napolitano, cuirassiers enter Montecitorio

10:52

Mattarella at the Chamber for the secular funeral of Napolitano

The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has just arrived at the Chamber where he will take part in the secular funeral of President Emeritus Giorgio Napolitano.

10:42

Meloni arrived in Montecitorio for the funeral

The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, has just arrived in Piazza Montecitorio to attend the funeral of President Emeritus Giorgio Napolitano. The premier walked the red carpet and then crossed the entrance of Palazzo Montecitorio.

10:11

The area around the vault for Napolitano's funeral

The area around the Chamber is armored, where at 11.30 the secular state funeral of the President Emeritus of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano will start. Numerous police officers guard the streets of the area, which shortly before the ceremony will be closed to traffic due to the arrival of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and foreign state representatives. Inside Montecitorio everything is ready for the civil funeral. The parliamentary clerks of the Chamber wear tailcoats and those of the Senate wear the representative uniform with gloves and black bow tie. A little more than an hour before the beginning of the funeral, the first participants begin to sit in the Chamber, including the former President of the Chamber Gianfranco Fini, the former Minister Roberto Speranza, Gianni Cuperlo, Angelo Bonelli and Luca Barbareschi, former deputy as well as actor and director.

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