Priest Attacked After Confronting Thieves in Church

Country: Italy

Date of incident: January 1, 1970

After celebrating the midnight Mass, parish priest, Father Massimo Malinconi returned to the rectory where he found four burglars.

The burglars threw him to the ground and kicked him in the head. After beating the priest, the perpetrators left with approximately 200 euros - the offerings from a funeral and donations intended for children in Africa. Father Malinconi was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The police are investigating. Source: Il Tirreno