Man dies after St Peter's self-immolation last week
51-year-old reportedly had health, family problems23 December, 11:22
The man, a cleaner at the nearby Santo Spirito hospital, reportedly suffered from health and family problems.
At around 8:30 local time on Thursday the man covered himself in gasoline from a bottle and set himself alight.
The first person to come to his aid was a Jesuit priest, who threw his frock and jacket on top of him.
Soon two police officers arrived and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.
But the man died after sustaining third-degree burns to 50% of his body. The case recalled another 15 years ago when Alfredo Ormando, a gay man, set himself ablaze in St Peter's Square to protest the Church's stance on homosexuality.
He died days later too.