Catholic Church outraged after coffin covered with Nazi flag — Analysis

Photographs and movies of a funeral in Italy present mourners masking a coffin with a Nazi flag and making fascist salutes

The Vicariate of Rome has issued an announcement condemning a funeral procession exterior a church that noticed mourners collect round a swastika-covered casket whereas shouting ‘Presente!’ and making fascist salutes with their proper arms.

Italian information website Open printed pictures and movies of the state of affairs exterior St. Lucia church in Rome, sparking backlash over the presence of the Nazi image at a non secular institution.

In an announcement launched on Tuesday, the Catholic Church in Rome denied any information of what transpired, claiming the parish priest and the priest who performed the funeral had been unaware what occurred exterior after the service concluded.

“This ideological and violent exploitation, particularly following an act of worship close to a sacred place, stays severe, offensive and unacceptable for the church neighborhood of Rome and for all folks of goodwill in our metropolis,” the Vicariate of Rome stated.

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The Vicariate acknowledged that the parish had confirmed that the occasions exterior the church “came about with none authorization from both the parish priest or the celebrant priest” who had been “unaware” of the deliberate occasions earlier than they occurred, calling the Nazi flag “a horrible image irreconcilable with Christianity.”

St. Lucia church was fast to distance itself “from each phrase, gesture and image used exterior the church, attributable to extremist ideologies removed from the message of the Gospel of Christ.”

Pope Francis, who’s formally the bishop of Rome, has not commented on the state of affairs to date.

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