Excerpts from “Funeral Fr. Stefano Gobbi” by Fr. Joseph Dwight:
During the homily of Ivan Cardinal Dias, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, he said that every time Pope Benedict sees him, he always asks how is Father Gobbi. The cardinal also said during the homily that shortly before Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope that Cardinal Ratzinger said among the cardinals that we are living in the most difficult period in the history of the world and very few realize the gravity of the situation in the world and in the Church.
It is also interesting that Pope Benedict XVI wrote in the book “The Ratzinger Report” (1985): “One of the signs of our times is that the announcements of ‘MARIAN APPARITIONS’ ARE MULTIPLYING ALL OVER THE WORLD.”
The day after the funeral Cardinal Dias communicated to us at Collevalenza by telephone that he saw Pope Benedict and told him of the death of Father Gobbi, the Pope said: “He went straight to heaven!”
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