(ANSA) – PERUGIA, JULY 16 – “This Church needs a shepherd with the scent of sheep and I hope that is Don Ivan Maffeis. To the new pastor of this Church, who for almost three years was my precious collaborator in the CEI, I hope to be able to give all of himself as he did in the delicate pastoral commitments he was called to carry out “: these are the words that the cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Perugia-Città della Pieve Gualtiero Bassetti, former president of the CEI, spoke afterwards the appointment of the parish priest of Rovereto as the new archbishop of the Perugia-Pievese diocesan community.
Cardinal Bassetti, present at the announcement ceremony this morning in the cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia, also thanked the diocesan administrator Mons. Marco Salvi: “I express my gratitude for his almost three years of episcopal ministry which he has spent for us with generosity and intelligence “. (HANDLE).
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