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Cardinal Becciu celebrates funeral of Grand Master Dalla Torre

‘For the professed and the members he set a perfect example’

Rome, 5 May 2020

Funeral of Grand Master Dalla Torre. Cardinal Becciu officiates

In the church of Santa Maria in Aventino, Rome, the 80th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was laid to rest this morning, in a ceremony celebrated by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’, the Pope’s Special Delegate to the Order. 

Following the measures in place for COVID-19, a very restricted number of mourners – family and members of the Order’s governing body, the Sovereign Council – were able to attend.

Cardinal Becciu’ recalled the life and works of Fra’Giacomo: ‘He was humble, good, generous in all aspects of his life and he set a perfect example for the professed of the Order and the members.’ 
For the Cardinal’s homily in full: click here 

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