Fire at Base of San Pio da Pietralcina in Frascati

Country: Italy

Date of incident: July 8, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private

Someone set fire to the base of the bronze statue of San Pio da Pietralcina in Frascati, near Rome, which blackened the feet of the statue of the saint. The police started an investigation.

At least one media source has said that it is the same perpetrator who set fire to confessionals in St. Peter's who was caught due to footage from surveillance cameras in the church, which we reported here. The 58-year old man was described as "deranged" and he was known for vandalizing placed of worship in the past.

Sources: ilmamilio.itCastelli NotizieLa Notizia and il Caffè.tv 
Photo by gnuckx; CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons