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A centuries-old church was vandalised in Italy

On May 20th, vandals broke into the Church of Sant'Angelo Magno and vandalized several sacred items including candelabras, a crucifix, a statue, sacred vestments, and a 17th-century organ.

The Church of Sant’Angelo Magno in Ascoli Piceno has been closed for years due to damage from the 2016 earthquake and has been awaiting restoration work, which has already been financed. After the earthquake, the church’s most valuable works were relocated to the Malatesta Fortress for safekeeping.

However, the recent vandalism has caused significant damage. “What remained also had significant value, particularly the statue of Paci and the organ that had been restored a few years ago,” explained Don Elio Nevigari, the Diocese of Ascoli Piceno’s cultural heritage officer.

Media reports indicate that some tombs inside the church were also uncovered, suggesting multiple perpetrators. Officers from the Ascoli Police Headquarters have begun investigations to identify those responsible for the vandalism.


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