In southern Italy, a Catholic priest has been beaten up by a parishioner because he is said not to have planned a parish celebration "grandiose" enough. Rome (kath.net/KNA) In southern Italy, a Catholic priest has been beaten up by a parishioner because he is said not to have planned the parish celebration that was "grandiose" enough. As the Italian daily "Avvenire" reported on Wednesday, the incident in the Calabrian Caraffa del Bianco occurred during a meeting for the organization of the upcoming fiestas in the town of Madonna degli Angeli.
One participant did not agree with the plans and allegedly punched a priest in the face who is native of the Congo, Sylvestre Ibara. He had desired "pomp", the report said.
The priest has been brought to the hospital for evaluation.
The local bishop condemned the act according to the report as a "serious act of violence". This is directed against a priest who had come from far to share the "love of the Gospel" in this place, says the Bishop of Locri-Gerace, Francesco Oliva. (C) 2015 Catholic News Agency KNA GmbH. All rights reserved.