Sad Update: The Man Who Set Himself Afire in St. Peter’s Square Has Died

The scene in St. Peter’s Square on December 19, after police extinguished the fire which caused third degree burns to an Italian man

A sad ending to the story I posted last week, about the Italian husband and father who had set himself on fire at 8:30 in the morning December 19 in St. Peter’s Square.

MSN New Zealand now reports that the man has died of his injuries.  Despite the best efforts of the medical team at Sant’Eugenio hospital, the man—who had suffered third-degree burns over his upper body before a Jesuit priest and two public security officers were able to extinguish the flames—died on Sunday, December 22.

The unidentified man, who worked as a cleaner at a nearby hospital, reportedly had family problems and health issues.  Officials do not know what may have caused him to take his life in this way.

For the repose of his soul, and for all who struggle with depression, illness or family problems, we pray.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  Amen.


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