Follow-Up: More Details Re. the Burning Man at the Vatican This Morning

Burn victim - St Peters Square

The Italian newspaper La Stampa has an update on the sad situation this morning, when a 51-year-old man set himself on fire in St. Peter’s Square.Apparently the man, a housekeeping attendant at the nearby Sancto Spirito Hospital, may have been involved in a “serious family quarrel” before dousing himself with flammable liquid at the end of the Colonnade, near the corner of Piazza Pio XII.According to the Vatican Press Office, his condition is “severe.”  He might have died at the scene, th … [Read more...]

The Abbey of St. Gall and the Flying Cathedral

The Flying Cathedral

From Switzerland, some eye candy for mid-December:The Abbey of St. Gall, founded by St. Othmar on the spot where St. Gall had his hermitage, contains one of the richest medieval libraries in the world.  The interior of the cathedral is one of Europe’s most important baroque monuments, in the Rococo style with carved polished wood, stucco and an elaborately painted ceiling.  Since 1983 it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Among the most valuable documents in the library’s collection is a … [Read more...]

Prayer Need: Man Sets Himself on Fire in St. Peter’s Square

St Peters Square 2

This morning in St. Peter’s Square, a man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire.A Jesuit priest standing nearby attempted to smother the flames with a jacket, before police officers stepped in with fire extinguishers.  The two police officers were successful in extinguishing the flames, but they suffered smoke inhalation and burns to their hands and are now hospitalized for treatment.The 51-year-old man was treated at a nearby hospital, then transported to a larger one.  H … [Read more...]