CREMONA – «We who have dared to say faith in our language“. The only implicit but clear reference of the Bishop is all in a sentence of ten words Antonio Napolioni to the controversies and perplexities that had accompanied the first computer-processed images of the new presbytery of the Cathedral, and which – even in an almost generalized consensus – did not completely disappear after yesterday’s solemn dedication. “We dared,” Napolioni claimed during the ceremonyaware of a ‘tear’ in various respects linked to the dictates of the Second Vatican Council and which in any case seems to have hit the mark.
The Cavalier Giovanni Arvedi
For the Cavalier Giovanni Arvedi«The greatest emotion was that of seeing the Redeemer on these beautiful creations. An extraordinary manifestation of God’s greatness: that leads us, follows us, supports us, pities us and loves us. Today’s is a very important event ».
Of “the historic moment for which we thank the Bishop, the Diocese of Cremona and the CEI” spoke the mayor, Gianluca Galimberti. “Our Cathedral is thus enriched with another extraordinary element of art and spirituality, which speaks to each and every one of us: the altar is the place where a bread is broken; it is teaching and an incentive to continue to nourish ourselves with the bread of solidarity, relationships, care for frailties and poverty ”.
Gian Domenico Auricchio
“An extraordinary event for our community», Commented the commissioner of the Chamber of Commerce, Gian Domenico Auricchio. “And I am not referring only to the city, but to the whole diocese. It was a particularly emotional ceremony. Then I was struck by such a large and compact participation in the dedication of an altar that makes our already beautiful cathedral even more beautiful ».
Gianni Rossoni, mayor of Offanengo and president of the Cremasca Homogeneous Area, greatly appreciated the new altar. “I think there has been a great job on the part of the planners, the Cremonese Curia and its Bishop to arrive at this moment, which also marks a change in the sign of actuality and fidelity to the Council ».
«Our Cathedral – he recalled Massimo Rivoltini – president of Confartigianato Cremona – it is not only nor above all an amazing ‘museum’ that houses artistic works of inestimable value. It is the home of the Cremonese Christian community: it tells – testifying to it – the centenary path, which it is right to represent also through tangible works like this one. I appreciated it, as I appreciate having wanted to bring the altar in the midst of the faithful. Naturally, a novelty, in such a ‘historical’ context, at the beginning can be very impactful. But I am convinced that over time everyone will recognize its absolute coherence with what surrounds it ».
«Faced with the novelty – he agrees Charles Malvezzi, leader of Forza Italia in the city council – there is always the risk of a somewhat schematic ‘reading’. I liked the new altar. It seems to me to be correctly inserted in the context of reference, even though it bears a different approach than the previous historical path. This celebration then saw the whole Cremonese community gathered in the Cathedral: an absolutely positive sign. I hope that this new altar will call us all back to the unity we so badly need ”.
Franco greens, a leading exponent of the Cremonese Catholic laity, spoke of «a ceremony of extraordinary intensity and beauty. The altar is also beautiful. So congratulations to those who thought and supported it. Controversies or different visions? I find no reason for controversy; however we are dealing with a questionable subject, there is no dogmatism of art ».
According to the city councilor Barbara Manfredini – finally – the new presbytery will represent a source of reflection and at the same time an additional reason for attraction also for tourists. A new light, a sign of attention and welcome for all“. The ‘hundredfold’ compared to the financial support guaranteed by tourists for this same initiative, thanks to visits to the Torrazzo, the Baptistery and the Diocesan Museum.
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