Jul 27 2013
SERRAVALLE: First they gained entry to the rectory of Libiola and stole the money collected by the children of Grest, and then, still not happy, they entered the nearby church, which, since last year’s earthquake, is a simple tensile structure made of plastic and defecated and urinated next to the altar.
Vlad Tepes (h/t Susan K) This was a contemptuous act of vandalism and sacrilege. The culprits were identified, because a woman saw them coming out of the tent. They were four boys of Moroccan origin, one resident in Serravalle, the others from Ostiglia and surroundings.
The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, but the parish priest, Father Eugenio Ferrari, has only yesterday made an official complaint to the police. That day the parish house of Libiola, inhabited by two nuns, was empty and locked because the sisters, along with the parish priest, had gone on a trip with the children of the Grest on a day trip to a mountain resort.
Undisturbed, then, the criminals broke the lock of a back door and entered. They climbed upstairs and also forced the lock on the bedroom of the Sister Superior. In a bag in a drawer there were about eighty euro, the takings of the third week of Grest, plus a portion of the proceeds of a summer risotto organized by the group of children and parents. Having carried out the theft, the group was still not satisfied to leave. They wanted to leave their mark. A mark of vandalism, that because the place where it was made, also takes on the meaning of a provocation, a disgraceful affront.
Without difficulty, the criminals cut the plastic edge of the tent used as a church and, once inside, they left droppings near the altar. In the tent there is absolutely nothing to steal, then having terminated their organic needs, the thieves-vandals are gone. Apparently, a local woman saw them run away and recognized one, the one who lives in Libiola.
The police identified the other three accomplices after receiving the complaint of the pastor. Up to now, four people have been identified, four boys of Moroccan origin living in and around Libiola Ostiglia, but no action against them has yet been taken because the investigations are still not concluded.
Meanwhile, vents, bitter, Don Eugenio: “If they had come to steal the money because they are hungry, I would not have made the complaint; would have forgiven them. But what they have done in the church is a gesture on which you cannot ignore, it is beyond description. “I’m sorry, because, as it seems, the fact has been made of four Moroccan boys – goes on Don Eugenio – They have shown contempt towards our religion. But if I had done the same thing in their mosque, would not my neck have been cut? “