Edoardo Santini, “the most handsome in Italy” enters seminary: “I want to become a priest”

Edoardo Santini, “the most handsome in Italy” enters seminary: “I want to become a priest”

toIvana Zuliani

In 2019, he won the Models & Actors’ Choice competition: A former swimmer, he has been a dancer and actor. Then he met some young people who frequented the church and discovered his calling: “I had questions that I had not asked about myself, and now I find the answers.”

His biggest fear was that he would not accept his choice. but Edoardo Santini, 21 years old from CastelfiorentinoWinner in 2019 of the national competition “The Most Beautiful in Italy”, I followed her: He began his journey to become a priest.

And only these days It is in decline in Fiesole.

“Will I become one? I don’t know, I’m here to find out. I took that step that terrified me, that prevented me from being my full self, Ready in case you say: “No, I was wrong,” but what I am sure of is that I will not regret this trip, because now I can shout: I’m Eduardo, I’m 21 years old and I’m happy».

Past as a swimmer, budding actor and dancer (in 2022 in Massa Carrara he achieved the Italian category champions title in the Boogie Woogie discipline), Eduardo talks about his journey in an honest, joyful and smiling video on social media.

“At the age of twenty-one, my father made the decision to marry my mother because she became pregnant. My mother became a mother at the age of 21, while I find myself on the path to becoming a priest, God willing. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to meet some young people who have shown me what it means to be a church, They gave me the strength to investigate this question that had been with me since I was young, but various fears prevented me from exploring it in depth.».

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«Last year – he continues – to take the first step I went to live with two priests and it was the best experience of my lifeAn experience that allowed me to meet brothers and in daily life, that answer that I had been waiting for to come from above. At the end of the year, it was natural for me to ask the bishop to enter the preparatory year that precedes the seminary. Now I study theology and serve in two parishes in the Diocese of Florence».

Eduardo has put aside “modelling, acting and dancing for now, because yes inevitably means no.” But he does not deny anything“In recent years, I have met wonderful people who have given me a lot and allowed me to experience art. I do not give up everything, because my emotions are part of me, but I will live them and propose them again in different contexts».

for him It was not an easy decision, especially for fear of others’ judgment. “But I have to say that I built more walls for myself than I actually had. There are those who talk behind my back, and those who have no problem telling me that I am a disappointment even in my family, but there are also those who support me. Believers and non-believers.”

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December 2, 2023 (Modified December 2, 2023 | 4:24 pm)

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