VENERABLE SERVANT OF GOD GIUSEPPE SPOLETINI, OFM

On 13 October 2021, the Holy Father Francis received His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorised the Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giuseppe Spoletini, priest of the Order of Friars Minor, born on 16 August 1870 in Bellegra and died on 25 March 1951 in Rome.

The Venerable Giuseppe Spoletini (1870-1951), sanctified himself in the generous exercise of his priestly ministry and religious profession. For some years he was responsible for formation of novices and postulants in the friary of Bellegra, where he lived with Fra Diego Oddi, now blessed, and in the friary of Fontecolombo, a sanctuary of the Franciscan Rule, which he observed to the point of becoming an authentic model for his brothers. He spent over forty years in Rome, in the historically rich friaries of San Francesco a Ripa, San Pietro in Montorio and Sacre Stimmate, where he devoted himself mainly to the ministry of confessor, continually sought out by priests, religious and lay people who came to him in search of guidance and comfort. The secret of his holiness can be summed up in the expression with which he was familiar: ‘Act and do everything for God’s sake’. This was the ideal that he cultivated with evangelical simplicity and Franciscan joy and that he pointed out to all those he met on his path. The cause for his beatification began in 1965.