Father of a family and permanent deacon of the diocese of Rome, he frequented the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the 1970s he began a journey of faith that led him to spend himself for others and to found a new community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
Tiziana Campisi – Vatican City
The diocesan phase of the cause of beatification and canonization of Giampaolo Mollo will be open on Friday at noon in Rome, in the Sala della Conciliazione of the Lateran Apostolic Palace, which includes an investigation into life, heroic virtues and the reputation of holiness. The rite will be presided over by Monsignor Gianpiero Palmieri, vicegerent, appointed bishop of the diocese of Ascoli Piceno, delegated by the vicar cardinal Angelo De Donatis. Married and father of two children, Giampaolo Mollo was permanent deacon of the diocese of Rome and one of the founders of the Risen Jesus Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. “In addition to being a spiritual father for his community and a father of a family, he put himself at the service of the whole diocese with the choice of the diaconate – underlines the postulator of the cause Paolo Vilotta -. Mollo also distinguished himself in the last eight years of his life, during which he suffered from a very serious illness. Although almost immobilized, he continued to always manifest his faith, to be present. He was tireless, it was he who comforted others during their illness ”.
The testimony of total abandonment to the will of God
Born in Rome on November 5, 1941, Mollo worked in a bank and was a trade unionist. In 1976, in the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Quadraro, he met the charismatic community and in this context he began a journey of conversion and later matured his vocation to the diaconate. He was ordained at the age of 45, on November 22, 1986 and the following year, together with his wife and two other married couples and with the blessing of the then Cardinal Vicar of Rome Ugo Poletti, he founded the Risen Jesus Community in which he spent himself unreservedly. Struck by multiple myeloma in 1991, he faced the disease with courage and faith offering an authentic testimony of abandonment to God’s will. He prayed day and night offering his suffering for the Church and for all the people who turned to him and told from feel the presence of God in the darkest moments. He passed away on September 1, 1998 and hundreds of people attended his funeral two days later. Since then, from every part of the world where the Risen Jesus community is present, testimonies of graces received through his intercession have arrived.