Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday 26th June 2015, was touching to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless.

Fr. Mellone, who died June 29, 2015 at the age of 38, had been a priest of the Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie for two and a half months. With his failing health, he was able to say Mass daily, baptize a child, and console the other sick persons at his hospital.

Two days before his April 16th 2015 ordination Fr. Mellone received a phone call from Pope Francis. “The first blessing that you’ll give as a priest, you’ll give to me. Salvatore, I’m with you. You ‘ll be ordained and you’ll celebrate Mass,” the Pope assured him over the phone.

At his ordination, Fr. Mellone said, “Today I feel myself carried on the shoulders of Christ; and as a priest I’ll wear the stole with Christ, for the salvation of the world. Moreover, to celebrate just one Eucharist, for me will be a real participation in the priesthood of Christ.”

Fr. Mellone’s funeral Mass was said June 30 2015 by Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri of Trani at Most Holy Cross parish, where the priest was ordained.

A statement from the Trani archdiocese shortly after the priest’s death noted that he had a recurrent expression for “the many people who came to visit him over the last few months: ‘to be a priest is beautiful.’”

“Despite his illness, he always warmly embraced everyone who came to see him. He listened to what everyone had to say. He consoled everyone.”

According to the archdiocese’s statement, Fr. Mellone was born in Barletta, fewer than nine miles from Trani, on March 9, 1977. Both are located in Italy’s Apulia province, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

He came from an observant family, and was deeply involved in the life of the Church as a youth, entering seminary in 2011.

“Within the community he became a man of prayer, of deep spirituality, and of great cultural openness,” the archdiocese recounted. “During the last year Father Salvatore spent a lot of time in hospitals and despite his heartbreaking pain, he always found the time and the right words to encourage and inspire hope.”

“During the last days of his life, when his sight was going bad, he said that he had learned to pray with nature. With his weak voice, he constantly prayed to the rhythm of life that came into his room from the balcony,” the statement concluded.



  1. William Storrie Reply

    God Bless this young man of God who lived his life for Almighty God

  2. Our Enchanted Cottage Reply

    God could not be without him, we are sad. But we can have faith he is with Jesus, eternally being a Priest for the word of God. Bless his soul and those that he led. 🙁

  3. Elena Reply

    May u rest in peace Fr. Mallone.

  4. fikireyesu Reply

    Rest in peace the mercy God grant him eternal life

  5. Joe Ugo ndigwe Reply

    You are blessed in The Lord. Resquicat in pace, Amen.

  6. Mavu Reply

    May his dear soul rest in peace

  7. Marie Nakihid Fias-ilon Reply

    Fr. . Mellone , you’re now with the Almighty Father , Please pray for us, AMEN

  8. faith Reply

    God gives us a gift may we utilize it

    1. Rosy Edwards Reply

      He is really Blessed to say the Holy Mass, before his death

  9. Luzminda B. Salcedo Reply


  10. Peter Reply

    Ur life is a gift to salvation of many. U have showed us what it means to have Christ in our hearts. We loved u but our Father in heaven loved u more

  11. Mexxyoj Ojay Reply

    May his soul rest in peace

  12. Mallay Reply

    You are blessed and highly favoured by the Most High GOD. Pain is no more your portion Father Mellone as you rest in his Kingdom. May the blessings of th Lord be with you at all times in JMN…Amen.

  13. michael joseph t. ramos Reply

    thanks father…..

  14. Reply

    May his gentle soul rest in peace Amen!!!!

  15. John George Reply

    Eternal grant to Fr Salvatore Mellone o Lord and let pepertual shine upon him may he rest in peace Amen … Yes thanks to Pope Francis for forwarding Fr Salvatore’s ordination before the end… God bless Fr Salvatore … A very moving and inspiring story indeed… JG

  16. John George Reply

    Fr Malone … RIP

  17. Anukaeme Chinedu Reply

    May his soul rest in perfect peace, amen.

  18. tina casarez Reply

    Rest in Peace. An God be with you Amen

  19. Okwute Andy Reply

    may his soul rest in peace. Amen

  20. Thadeus Reply

    It’s a lesson to young generation. May all who are servant of God follow the example. RIP Fr

  21. Emily Burns Reply

    Thank you Pope Francis! God bless you always👍🙏👍Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Malone O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. Rest in peace, gentle Fr. Salvatore Mellone. 🙏🙏🙏

  22. Shovin Weerawarnakula Reply

    God bless Fr. Malone. God bless our Pope Francis.

  23. blessing clare Reply

    Rest in peace. May God receive ur soul

  24. James is Akpehe Reply

    Rest in peace fr Salvatore

  25. David Raphael Mou Reply

    Fr. Salvatore was gifted to serve God’s people as he did in the hospital giving them hope. And God fulfilled Fr. Savator’s need through his Holiness the Pope allowing him to be ordained priest.
    Let us praise God. And may the Lord accept Fr. Salvatore in heaven and give us more servants with Fr.Savlvator’s spirit. Amen.

  26. Mary Yvonette Bimrose Reply

    God had His reasons. God bless this great Priest. Xx

  27. Xavier Reply

    Truly inspirational!
    The Vicar of Christ, who by lifting the spirits of this blessed priest, lifts us too upon Christ’s shoulders. Life with Christ in our hearts, is a life indeed.

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