November 27, 2021 Maurizio Scala, known as "Momo" and head of service to the homeless of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Genoa, was ordained a priest today in Genoa. Sixty-six years old, pensioner, widower, grandfather of two girls and a vocation that comes from 45 years of experience with Sant'Egidio, which he himself helped to start in 1976 in Genoa. For the celebration, presided over by the archbishop of Bologna card. Matteo Zuppi and concelebrated by archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the pontifical academy for life, and by numerous priests, nearly 500 people gathered in the basilica of the Annunziata, historic seat of the Catholic community in the Ligurian capital. Among them, in addition to the founder of Sant'Egidio Andrea Riccardi and the president Marco Impagliazzo, many friends,those poor people whom Don Maurizio meets every evening in the service of the homeless in Genoa. After having contributed to creating the group of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Genoa, at the end of the seventies, Maurizio Scala was able to keep together the commitment alongside the poor, the training of young people, the support for the formation and growth of groups of Sant'Egidio in other cities of Northern Italy, spiritual formation.spiritual formation.spiritual formation. 

Even during his wife's long illness, which Momo took care of at home until the end, he remained a point of reference for the young people and adults of the Community in Liguria. After being widowed, Fr Maurizio undertook the new formation path up to today's priestly ordination. "The choice of Momo - said Cardinal Zuppi - came in a surprising way, in a period of life in which budgets generally count more than projects". Radiant, the new priest Maurizio Scala recalled how his vocation was born from the long experience of encountering the poor together with Sant'Egidio: "I would like to keep the sacrament of the altar together with that of the poor - he explains - because being a priest means for me to make everyone feel God's closeness,especially to those who feel the weight of the wounds of life ".