Vatican condemns attack on Rome church during protest


VIOLENT ROME PROTEST Policemen stand in front of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran during a demonstration in Rome on Saturday, October 15, 2011, as part of a global day of protests inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" and "Indignant" movements, with the Italian capital under a security lockdown. The Vatican has condemned Saturday's violent clashes including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed. AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said he “condemned the violence and the fact that a church was desecrated by some protesters who broke in and destroyed some images.” He referred to the clashes in Rome as “horrific.”

The 18th-century church of Santi Marcellino and Pietro is near St John Lateran square where much of Saturday’s violence occurred.

“When I came down, I saw the entrance door had been smashed in,” the church’s parish priest, Father Giuseppe Ciucci, was quoted by Italian media as saying.

“The Virgin Mary’s statue, which was at the entrance, had been taken away and I saw it had been thrown into the street and smashed,” he said.

“I went into the sacristy and I saw the door there was also destroyed. The large crucifix at the entrance had been vandalized,” he added.

Hundreds of protesters torched cars, smashed banks and hurled rocks at police during the clashes. Tens of thousands of people had been protesting against government cutbacks and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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  • Anonymous

    This perpetrators has no respect in a holy place such as the Vatican. They should be desciplined.

    • Anonymous

      They smashed a graven image, probably what Jesus would have done.

      • Bong

        unfortunately He didn’t… do you think He can do that to His mother???? or can you do that to your own mother?

      • jaybird1951

        Jesus smashing an image of his own mother? I think not. Images of the saints and of Christ have been in use in Christianity since the first decades after the Resurrection. They can be viewed in the catacombs of Rome, for one thing. Since God took on human flesh in the Incarnation, the ancient tabu and command against “graven images” no longer applied. The statue of Mary that was damaged in Rome was not a graven image to worship but much like a photo of your own mother, used as a reminder of one you love. Only a Muslim or an especially rabid fundamentalist Protestant would call the statue and the crucifix “graven images.”   

      • Pat Schwarz

        Actually, I had a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the back seat of my car.  Pulling into a gas station owned by Muslims, the attendant came to the car, looked in the back seat and asked who was the woman of the picture.  I said Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  He said, “Ah Jesus, His Mother Mary.  She is a good woman.” 

      • kupal muks

        i’m referring to how people would readily attack the symbol of Catholicism, ergo irrelevant. immaterial kung andon ba sila para magprotesta sa pagtaas ng presyo ng butones or para mag-protesta sa sinumang magsusuot ng polka dots.

  • kupal muks

    ha ha ha irrelevant na talaga ang Catholic Church. Kahit kailan naman irrelevant teaching nila (all other religions included). 

    • Antonio Luna

      ang comment mo ang irrelevant. kupal muks. magbasa basa muna, napapaghalata ang TANGA. they protested the AUSTERITY MEASURES that their PM had implemented, and not about the catholic church. wag pairalin ang katangahan.

    • Neil Christian

       Hindi naman irrelevant, depende na lang sa mga taong sumusunod ah. Put anything you want, only that the fact it is still alive makes it still relevant.

  • irishsmile

    These crazed rioters remind me of the French Revolution mobs… seething hate and violence.  That’s not the road to a better society.  St. John Lateren is merely a symbol of faith that attracted the rioters venom.

  • Guest

    Grabe na to! Ewan ko lang talaga kung mga nagproprotestang to eh nauturan ng maayos. Wala na rin sa lugar yang paninira niyo dahil hindi lang naman kayo ang may-ari ng simbahan na yan para sirain niyo. Kung gusto niyo gawa kayo tapos sirain niyo kapag natapos na ha, para mapakita niyo yang gusto niyong sabihin. Huwag niyong damayin yan, kasi kami may-ari din niyan. 

  • Anonymous

    “VATICAN CITY—The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in
    central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a
    crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed.”

    HINDI talaga tama at sa ayos ang paninira ng ari ng ma ari.  Ganyan-na-ganyan ang pakiramdam at pag-iisip ng mga tao noon ng pinag-sisibak, sinunog, sinira, at winasak ng mga Kastling pari ang kanilang bahay-sambahan at mga bagay-bagay na na sa loob nito.  At hindi lang doon natigil ang karumal-dumal na ginawa ng mga kastila noon…. sa kumpas ng kamay ng kanilang mga pari, pinag-papatay nila ang mga ayaw maniwala sa pinuwersa nilang paniniwala nila. Sa Central at South Americas ay ulan lamang sa napakaraming lugar na ginawa nila ito.  Isa na dyan si Montezuma.  At dito naman sa mabini at mayumi nating bayang Pilipinas, isa sa mga sinira ng mga katolikong pari ay ang mga anitos ng mga Ifugaos.  Masama at hindi daw tama at maayos ang gamiting imahen ang mga anitos sa pananampalataya.  At ano ang pinalit sa mg anito?  Krus at mga anito din o mga istatwa……maraming-maraming mga istatwa na iba-iba ang itsura na may iba’t ibang kasuotan na mas maganda DAW ayon sa panlasa ng mga katolikong kastila.  At magmula noon, pagandahan at palakihan na ng istatwa…sa labas at sa loob ng mga simbahan.

    From anito to istatwa.  Ano ang pagkaka-iba?  Mas artistahing tingnan ang mga istatwa at bongga ang mga damit nila,,,,may dating, kwela, at cute.  HOY! kayong naninira ng mga istatwa at krus, huwag na ninyong gagawin yan ulit at masasayang lamang ang pagod at oras ninyo……maraming mga kapalit yan na high-tech pa ang mga latest design ngayon.

  • Neil Christian

    Hahay! Utopia! Is this “relative” freedom, or is it thinking made by savage beasts?

  • Anonymous

    The church has brought upon itself a day of reckoning?

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