The eight “beatitudes,” which loosely correspond with the eight beatitudes spoken by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, appear to have originated with Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples.
The 58-year-old Battaglia became archbishop of Naples in December 2020. Prior to the appointment, he was a parish priest in another southern Italian archdiocese, Catanzaro-Squillace, where he was called “Don Mimmo” and known as a “street priest” who cared for the marginalized.
Battaglia outlined the eight qualities of a bishop in a homily at the ordination of three auxiliary bishops for Naples archdiocese on Oct. 31.
The closed-door meeting took place six months after Pope Francis addressed the Italian bishops’ spring assembly on May 24.
The May meeting was live streamed until the video feed was abruptly cut off by Vatican Media roughly five minutes in.
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