Pope Francis after the September 16, 2018, noonday Angelus in St. Peter’s square recognized the many people who made his visit to Sicily the previous day possible.
“Yesterday I went on an Apostolic Visit to Piazza Armerina and to Palermo, in Sicily, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pino Puglisi [they applaud]. Applause for Don Pino! My heartfelt thanks go to the Civil and Ecclesiastical Authorities, and to all the persons that contributed to make this trip possible. I thank the good pilots of the plane and of the helicopter. I thank in particular the dear Bishops Rosario Gisana and Corrado Lorefice for their excellent pastoral service. I thank the young people, the families and all the wonderful people, of this very beautiful land of Sicily, for their warm reception. May Don Puglisi’s example and witness continue to illumine all of us and give us confirmation that good is stronger than evil, love is stronger than hatred. May the Lord bless you Sicilians and your land! Applaud the Sicilians!”