Benedict XVI, from Mattarella to Meloni and Draghi big names in politics at the funeral

With the Head of State is his daughter Laura. Also present were La Russa, Fontana and Tajani

From the head of state, Sergio Mattarella, to the presidents of the Senate and Chamber, Ignazio La Russa and Lorenzo Fontana, the premier Giorgia Meloni, and some party leaders, but with government roles, such as Antonio Tajani vice president of Forza Italia and deputy prime minister. It’s these the names of the institutions and national politics that will be in St. Peter’s Square today at 9.30 for the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger.

On the other hand, the founder of Fi, Silvio Berlusconi, who will remain in Arcore and the president of the M5S, Giuseppe Conte, will not be present, just as the secretary of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, Carlo Calenda di Azione and Matteo Renzi, former premier and leader will not be present of Italy alive. As for the Italian delegation, the only one with an official state presence, together with the German one, it will be made up not only of the President of the Republic Mattarella, but also of his daughter Laura and the general secretary to the presidency Ugo Zampetti, the same formation that has already made homage to Ratzinger’s remains last Monday.

Other institutional positions in the country and authorities will go, as the Vatican announces, “in a personal capacity”, but the list for now remains covered. In the churchyard of Piazza San Pietro for the last farewell to Benedict XVI, in the rite officiated by Pope Francis, there will also be former premier Mario Draghi, whose resignation last July was viewed with regret by Ratzinger (“no one can say that President Draghi was not a man of high international quality”). Also expected are the former presidents of the Senate and Chamber, Marcello Pera and Pier Ferdinando Casini, with them a delegation of parliamentarians, the secretary of the UDC, Lorenzo Cesa and the leader of Noi Moderati, Maurizio Lupi.