Pope Francis at Giorgio Napolitano’s funeral home

Bergoglio stopped for a long time, standing in front of the coffin of the president emeritus

Even Pope Francis, surprisingly, in the Senate for Giorgio Napolitano’s chapel of death. Bergoglio stopped for a long time, standing in front of the coffin of the president emeritus. Once he got out of the car he was applauded by the people who saw him arrive in Corso Rinascimento.

The motorcade with Giorgio Napolitano’s coffin, who died on Friday evening, arrived at Palazzo Madama escorted by cuirassiers on motorcycles. A few minutes before him, his wife Clio Bittoni had entered through the door of Corso Rinascimento. Behind the barriers in Piazza Madama were not only journalists and cameras, but also some foreign tourists and some citizens. The president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, received the coffin and welcomed the relatives who had arrived in the Senate (VIDEO), now gathered in the Nassirya room. La Russa then left the room. “A moment between them, waiting for the Head of State,” said the president of the Senate.

The homage to the funeral home

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, arrived in the Senate to pay homage to Napolitano’s coffin. With the head of state, the president of the Senate La Russa, who welcomed him at the entrance to Palazzo Madama, on Corso Rinascimento. Mattarella first stopped to greet the family of the President Emeritus, bending over his wife Clio, sitting in the front row in her black dress, then her children, Giulio and Giovanni, and her grandchildren. The head of state therefore stopped in reflection in front of the coffin before leaving the room. Applause greeted the President of the Republic in the square in front of Palazzo Madama.

In the Senate the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, has arrived. The prime minister spent 5 minutes in the Nassirya room, exchanging a long greeting with Giulio, one of Napolitano’s sons, in the company of the president of the Senate La Russa.

In the Nassirya room came, among others, the former president of the Senate Pietro Grasso, the former presidents of the Chamber Gianfranco Fini and Pier Ferdinando Casini, the former prime minister Mario Draghi, the senator for life Mario Monti, Elly Schlein, secretary of the Democratic Party, the leader of the M5S, Giuseppe Conte, many parliamentarians from all sides, and the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, who wanted to leave a message in the attendance register: “Dear Giorgio, you have given so much to Italy, to ‘Europe, to the weakest, we will never forget your teachings.”

Napolitano “leaves a very rigorous way and style of fulfilling very high public functions, a style which is the opposite of the pursuit of consensus and demagogy. It’s doing good for the country,” said Mario Monti, leaving the funeral home.

He was an “extraordinary pro-European, he always had the idea that Italy’s development and strength would only be possible within a European horizon”, the words of the European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, as he left the Senate after the tribute to Napolitano’s coffin: “His was a great lesson”.

Many citizens continue to enter after the opening of the Nassirya hall to the public (VIDEO). The funeral chamber is guarded by cuirassiers in full uniform, while a Tricolor has been laid out on the coffin. At the foot of the coffin was placed a dark velvet cushion with the Grand Cordon of Merit of the Republic of the Knights of the Grand Cross, the highest state honour.

There burial chamber It will remain open until 7pm today and from 10am to 4pm tomorrow. THE state funeral they will be held on Tuesday 26 September at 11.30 in the chamber of the Chamber of Deputies at Palazzo Montecitorio.