Two Acts of Vandalisation in Ticino Canton, Italy

Country: Italy

Date of incident: July 12, 2023

On the night of Wednesday the 12th of July, the Lourdes-Grotto in the Italian town of Fescoggia was vandalised, with the flowerpots overturned. Giorgio Bazurri, of the parish Fescoggia: "Popular faith is being attacked here, the cultural tradition of those who built these chapels." This is not the only case of vandalisation in the area: the face of the Madonna figure of the Greina-Ebene was also found smeared with black paint recently.

The Madonna figure is found near the Pian Geirett and the Skaletta-Hut, at around 2000 meters in height. The walls around the figure were also found scrawled on. 

The Lourdes Grotto in Fescoggia has been vandalised before. In 2018, a 60-centimetre-high figure of Saint Bernadette was stolen from the grotto. We reported on that incident as well.


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