Immolation threat evidence of dire straits, says Vatican
'Church witnesses and shares in the people's hardship'11 February, 20:03
(ANSA) - Vatican City, February 11 - Two-day demonstrations by the so-called Pitchfork movement of disgruntled farmers that culminated in the occupation of a major Rome basilica on Monday are evidence that the country has fallen on hard times, the Vatican said Tuesday.
"The Church and the Vatican are witnesses to and share in the hardship that so many people are experiencing in their daily lives," Vatican chief press officer Father Federico Lombardi told ANSA.
Police officers bearing blankets grabbed two such protesters carrying gasoline and a lighter as they threatened Tuesday to set themselves on fire in St. Peter's Square. The pair had asked Pope Francis for asylum in the Vatican.