St. Anthony's icon Roberto Balducelli dies

Aug 14, 2013 1403

The sun rises in Italy six hours before Wilmington sees its first hint of daylight, an important difference in time when considering the life – and death – of the Rev. Roberto Balducelli.

The legendary Wilmington pastor died Friday night, 100 minutes before the clock reached midnight and marked his 100th birthday. But because of the six-hour time difference between Delaware and Italy, where Balducelli was born Aug. 10, 1913, some say the influential clergyman achieved his goal of living a full century.

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