We use our own and third party cookies to improve your user experience; by continuing to browse, we understand that you accept their use. You can get more information on our cookies policy.

Rome Reports

You are using an outdated browser

In order to deliver the greatest experience to our visitors we use cutting edge web development techniques that require a modern browser. To view this page please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or greater


Odoardo Focherini: Journalist who saved more than 100 Jews to be recognized as a Blessed

FRANCESCO MANICARDI Grandson of Odoardo Focherini "Olga, his eldest daughter, was thirteen when her father was killed. She remembers him as a loving father who always wanted to play with his kids. He was also an affectionate husband who knew how to share with his wife both Christian values, with their work in the 'Azione Cattolica' and civil values, when he had a chance to save persecuted Jews.â? At work, Focherini always spoke against discrimination. He worked for 'L'Avvenire d'Italia', a daily newspaper which still runs to this day. Its current editor believes Focherini, the first journalist to ever be beatified, can teach modern journalists a very valuable lesson. MARCO TARQUINIO Editor, 'Avvenire'  "Just as Odoardo Focherini had special consideration for the Jews, who were persecuted at the time, we too must have eyes that focus on those who are normally left out of the spotlight. We must focus on those who are considered not 'news-worthy', as they sayâ?. After his death, Focherini received wide praise. He was included in the list of 'Righteous Among the Nations' by the Holocaust official memorial Yad Vashem. FR. GIOVANGIUSEPPE CALIFANO Postulator of the cause for beatification "Odoardo Focherini left us his pure, ardent and luminous faith. His last words, as recalled by those who witnessed his death, tell us that he was aware that he offered his life for the Church, the Pope, faith and his own family, the ones he loved.â? Odoardo Focherini will be declared a blessed on June 15th, in his hometown of Carpi, in Northern Italy. BB -GDP -PR Up:SCar