d. 10th March, 2001
Requiescat in pace
These words are certainly not enough to summarize what all those who knew Massimo Morsello, as a family man, as the captain of a great company, as a lowly waiter and taxi-driver, as a politician, or even as an opponent, remember during his final journey.
Politically active since the age of fourteen, he faced the difficulties of the time with a youthful zeal and humanity that, in time, would become proverbial. He lost his father at a young age and this served to propel him with even more determination and generosity into the political struggle of that period, which he expressed in the militancy of FUAN Via Siena.
Involved in the protests at Centocelle (which later led to his only conviction), he witnessed policemen, who still remain unconvicted, murder Alberto Giaquinto in cold blooded execution. His insistence upon giving evidence in a court of law resulted in the judges, with perverse logic, to issue a warrant for his arrest for 'subversive association'! As we have said that was his only conviction; a price to pay for loyalty to a comrade and to the truth.
In August, 1980, he began his Way of the Cross, arising from the arrest warrant that later ended in the dustbin of history. Morsello escaped from Italy and began to rebuild his life in London where economic hardship and menial jobs awaited, but he faced up to these difficult times with a moral vigour and a coherent ideal.
And there, with other comrades, he began a political, economic and spiritual adventure that would upset the rules designed by the will of corrupt political elites, and that would provide the opening words to a most amazing comeback of both a human person and of a political world.
Hounded, slandered, persecuted, the comrades in London sowed the seeds of a genuine economic, political and spiritual reconquest of which the fruits, in time, will be enormous.
The economic and managerial capabilities of Morsello, mirrored the best of Italian traditions. They created over time the largest company of its field in Europe; under the circumstances a true social and economic miracle.
Hundreds of families and individuals benefit from this project that as well as offering an interesting alternative economy, also provides a measure of the man primarily responsible for it.
The investment of funds and co-operative opportunities that allow employees and people close to the project to take advantage of its economic and social network are implemented in the Catholic Corporatist and Distributist spirit.
But then, during the years that the London operation began to take deep root the unfathomable divine plan made apparent the outbreak of cancer in Massimo.
In the political vacuum that was left in Italy came the creation of Forza Nuova, a movement that masterfully combines the best of the Fascist heritage and the Catholic vision of the world to new and modern circumstances.
It was also the time when Morsello took the decisive step of his life, returning with faith and humility to the Catholic Faith. Faith lived with consistency, rigour, but also with great humility and humanity. Massimo, until the very last remained faithful to the Tridentine Mass and unadulterated Catholicism, Roman and eternal.
The outbreak of the cancer coincided with the official launch of the political project in Italy, a work patiently developed over time. But Massimo never gave up or sought to sit back, or make excuses. His attitude toward the malady, light-hearted and virile, was summarized when he was informed of the frightening pace of the disease: "I do not care!"
And so towards the end of Massimo's earthly journey, times when the disease affected him ruthlessly, the response of Massimo continued to be dictated by an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ.
That faith accompanied his last moments and the decisive battle. His last words were: "I am ready ... I am ready. "
And the fighter who never knelt in front of anybody knelt to his only king, a king Who blessed Massimo Morsello with many gifts, whose inspiration will surely lead to many conversions, and perhaps with the honour of having contributed to the return of Jesus Christ to Italy and of Italy to Christ the King.
(Adapted from a tribute paid to Massimo by Roberto Fiore).