Fire Set Behind Altar; Excrement Left in Confessional

Country: Italy

Date of incident: April 12, 2018

An intentionally-set fire burned a curtain and part of a chair behind the altar of the church of San Giuseppe in the town of Torre del Lago Puccini on April 12th. Feces was later discovered in the confessional.

Some of the parishioners present in the church before the start of the 6 pm Mass noticed smoke coming from behind the altar. The parish priest, Don Gilberto, quickly extinguished the fire with a bucket of water.

Police launched an investigation but could not rely on public surveillance cameras, as they were all broken due to lack of maintenance.

Sources: La Nazione, Lucca in Diretta and Il Tirreno
Photo: Sailko, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons