Sassoli, the state funeral is in progress. Soups: "He was the classmate everyone would like to have"

David Sassoli’s coffin upon arrival at the church for the funeral (Ansa)

Rome, January 14, 2022 – Last farewell to David Sassoli, the president of the EU Parliament who died in recent days. Today i state funeral in the church of Santa Maria degli with the highest offices of the State and the presidents of the Commission and the EU Council, Ursula von der Leyen e Charles Michel. The archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, who knew the journalist and politician from high school, celebrated the esquie. “Many considered him one of us for that empathic air, a bit for everyone he was a classmate, the one we all wished, who would surely have helped us”, said Zuppi, recalling the figure during the homily.

The coffin came to the church wrapped in European Union flag. Many Romans and not only, from the youngest to the elderly, gathered both in Piazza della Repubblica and in front of the maxi screen set up at the Baths of Diocletian. And, yesterday, an uninterrupted crowd wanted to pay homage to him funeral parlor set up in the Capitol.

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The arrival of Mattarella at the funeral of David Sassoli (Dire)

Politics united to say goodbye

In addition to the president Sergio Mattarella e al premier Mario Draghi, there are the president of the Chamber Roberto Fico, the president of the Senate Elisabetta Casellati, the ministers Marta Cartabia, Andrea Orlando, Lorenzo Guerini, Dario Franceschini, Patrizio Bianchi, Elena Bonetti, the commissioner for the Covid emergency Figliuolo, the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri. Also present were Matteo Renzi, Massimo D’Alema, Walter Veltroni, Antonio Tajani, life senator Mario Monti, Gianni Letta, and the delegation of the European Parliament.

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