In Italy, left wing terrorists launched a new wave of attacks to mark the official memorial service for the ex-prime minister, Signor Aldo Moro, who was Kidnapped, and then murdered, by the Red Brigades.
In Italy, left wing terrorists launched a new wave of attacks to mark the official memorial service for the ex-prime minister, Signor Aldo Moro, who was Kidnapped, and then murdered, by the Red Brigades. A car showroom was bombed in Milan, nearby power lines were cut, and a fire damaged a computer plant. In Rome, hundreds of extra police were drafted into the capital for special duties during the memorial service on Saturday (13 May).
SYNOPSIS: The service was held in the magnificent Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope's cathedral in his role as Bishop of Rome. And Pope Paul, who since being a university chaplain, was a close friend of Aldo Moro, presided over the service.
Enrico Berlinguer, the Communist Party Secretary, and most of Signor Moro's political allies and opponents came to pay their last respects. The Red Brigades kidnapped Moro in March, and Prime Minister Andreotti's Government could not accept their terms: to release terrorists from jail in return for Moro's life.
Many of Signor Moro's friends from abroad also attended. As leader of Italy's Christian Democratic Party, Moro had been highly regarded abroad and at home, and tipped as his country's next leader. The Pope said a special prayer for him, and asked that his killers be forgiven by all.
But Aldo Moro's immediate family were not in the congregation to hear Pope Paul. Signor Moro's wife and children held the Government directly responsible for his murder, and they had him buried privately, as Moro himself had requested in his will. The whole family had refused to have anything to do with the official ceremony, but, out of respect to the Pope, Moro's brother and sister eventually represented the family.
Pope Paul blessed Signor Moro's sister, praying that his whole family be spared further hardship, and Italy be spared further acts of terrorism.