Il Dispari reports that Archbishop Piero Marini, longtime papal MC under John Paul II, and more briefly at the beginning of the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, has been admitted to l’Ospedale Anna Rizzoli di Lacco Ameno. In the night between Sunday and Monday he seems to have suffered a stroke, arriving at the hospital Monday morning. His condition is reported to be unstable and he is under close observation. Italian media are already speculating about a transfer on Wednesday to the renowned Gemelli hospital.
Archbishop Marini served as secretary to Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, architect of the liturgical reforms mandated by the Second Vatican Council. Marini is seen as a strong supporter of the Vatican II reforms by supporters and detractors alike. Pope Francis just appointed him to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments this past Friday, along with 26 other bishops.
Let us pray for his health and well-being.