03 June 2010

Capuchin Bishop Murdered

Courtesy of the St. Mary Province Communications Office:

Bishop Luigi Padovese Murdered

ISKENDERUN, Turkey - Monsignor Luigi Padovese, Vicar

Apostolic of Anatolia since August 11, 2004 was murdered

in his residence at Iskenderun.

He was born in Milan on March 31, 1947. He joined the

Capuchin Order on October 3, 1964. Ordained priest on

June 16, 1973, he was Professor of Patristics at the

Pontifical Antonianum University, and for sixteen years he

directed the Spirituality Institute at the same University. He

also held chairs at the Pontifical Gregorian University and

at the Pontifical Alphonsian Academy. He later spent 10

years as Visitor of the Oriental College in Rome on behalf of

the Congregation for Oriental Churches, and as Consultor to

the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In 2006 Bishop

Padovese concelebrated with Cardinal Camillo Ruini at the

funeral of Fr. Andrea Santoro, who was murdered at


The Order feels particularly close to our brothers in Turkey

and to the entire Christian community in that country, and

shares their sadness and horror at what has happened. May

we all find support and consolation in the certainty that the

Lord will reward our brother for his untiring dedication to

his Church and for all that he has done for the Capuchin

Order. May he rest in peace.

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