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Catholic priest was stabbed to death in Italy

A 51-year-old priest was murdered in the town of Como in northern Italy. Fr. Roberto Malgesini was stabbed to death on Tuesday morning. Soon after, the alleged perpetrator - a homeless immigrant of Tunisian origin described as mentally unstable - reported to the police.


Fr. Roberto Malgesini was not involved in ordinary pastoral work. His mission was to help the many homeless and marginalised migrants of the district. Together with a group of volunteers, he prepared meals for them every day. He also regularly visited a night shelter for the homeless and received immigrants.

“He was like a father to me. When I came here from Romania, I was homeless, hungry, with no prospects of finding a job. Padre Roberto immediately extended a helping hand to me,” explains Gabriel Nastase, a 36-year-old Romanian immigrant.

The Bishop of Como, Oscar Cantoni, who arrived at the scene of the crime, invited everyone to the evening recitation of the Rosary in the cathedral.

“In the face of this tragedy, the church in Como will gather for prayer for its priest, Father Robert, and for the one who killed him,” we read in the diocese’s statement.



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