Emanuela Orlandi, Pietro’s appeal to Ratzinger: “If you know how to speak, don’t be like Wojtyla”

Emanuela Orlandi, Pietro’s appeal to Ratzinger: “If you know how to speak, don’t be like Wojtyla”

“I turn to Ratzinger, if you know something about my sister, have a regurgitation of conscience and say it, don’t take secrets to the grave like Wojtyla”. Pietro Orlandi on the 37th anniversary of the death of his sister Emanuela. Emanuela and Pietro’s father held the office of the pontifical messenger of Pope John Paul II, at the time very close to the pope emeritus, Josef Ratzinger.

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“I turn to Ratzinger, who still wears the white robe, is still Pope Benedict and it was very close to John Paul II: now, when at 93 he approaches the Father, if he knows something, has a regurgitation of conscience and says it, he does not carry secrets to the grave like Wojtyla “. This is Pietro Orlandi’s appeal for the 37th anniversary of the death of his sister Emanuela, the fifteen-year-old who vanished into thin air in Rome on June 22, 1983.

“My appeal to do justice and give us the truth is not addressed to Pope Francis – specifies Pietro – who I know is closed to the affair of Emanuela, but Ratzinger”. According to Peter, the information that the pope emeritus, as he is called since the German pope renounced his papal mandate in 2013, would come from the proximity to Pope John Paul II, born Carol Wojtyla, the one for whom the father of Emanuela and Pietro held the post of pontifical messenger at the time of the events.

On several occasions, the Orlandi family has turned to the Vatican asking for answers, especially as regards the phone calls that arrived at the press office of the Holy See after the girl’s disappearance. Emanuela, a student at the time, was last seen alive by a friend of hers after her music lesson in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Rome. The girl, like the whole family, was a Vatican citizen. For her, Wojtyla made a heartfelt appeal to the kidnappers during the Angelus.

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