VATICAN CITY — The body of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the late nuncio to the United States, arrived at the airport in Rimini, Italy, yesterday morning and was taken to the parish church in his hometown, Sogliano al Rubicone.
A prayer service was held in the Church of St. Lawrence last night and another is planned for this evening.
The church is open for mourners to pay their respects until tomorrow afternoon when the casket will be taken from the church to Matteotti Square in the town of about 3,200 residents. Msgr. Luigi Ricci, vicar general of the Diocese of Rimini and pastor of St. Lawrence, said the funeral will begin at 4 p.m. After the Mass, mourners will walk, carrying the casket to the town’s cemetery.
Bishop Franceso Lambiasi of Rimini will preside at the Mass. Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, the Vatican’s substitute secretary of state, and Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, nuncio to Italy, will be among the concelebrants.