Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Yesterday, Sunday, December 18, at about 4.30 in the morning, the Superior General of the Xaverian Missionaries (Pious Society of St. Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions), Father Luigi Menegazzo passed away at Santo Spirito hospital in Rome, where he had been hospitalized for some time. In recent days, his health had worsened, and he died of cardio-respiratory failure. According to information from the General Curia, the funeral will be held in Rome at the General House in Viale Vaticano 40, on Tuesday, December 20 at 10,30. In Parma, at the Conforti Sanctuary of the Mother House, there will be a prayer vigil at 8.45pm, on Tuesday 20, and the Eucharistic celebration on Wednesday 21, at 10,30.
Born in 1952 in Cittadella, in the province of Padua, Father Menegazzo entered the Xaverian Missionaries in 1963. Ordained a priest on September 25, 1977, he obtained a license in missiology at the Gregorian University in 1989. He was a missionary in Japan. He taught History and phenomenology of religion at the Theological Xaverian Institute in Parma. In 2001 he was appointed Vicar general of the congregation, and the General Chapter of 2013 elected him Superior general. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 19/12/2016)