Among the numerous friendships and acquaintances, Maffeis reserved a particular space for prelates and parish priests coming from the cradle of the Lombard clergy as his pupils.

He couldn’t miss a special place for that famous don Angelo whom he had met at the Seminarino and then at the Seminary of Bergamo, and who, due to his extreme eloquence, was very much in demand for conferences, spiritual exercises, homilies, and so on.

After finishing his studies in Bergamo, he did not see him again for forty years.

Then the violinist Mario Ferrante, his colleague in famous concerts, invited him to Sotto il

Monte and accompanied him to the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice on vacation in his

native country. In a cordial atmosphere of updates and memories, Daniele Maffeis

seized the occasion to let him know one of his works was still waiting to be performed.

Cardinale Roncalli promised to propose him to the Fenice Theater in Venice.

But his unexpected election as Pontiff meant this did not happen.

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