[Ed. – Somehow, the guy’s name — Ahmed Ibrahim — was not included in the English media reporting. Or the fact that what he yelled angrily about in one of the churches was the use of “sacred images” to teach children religion. Images depicting holy or divine personages are forbidden by Islam.]
A 39 year old Ghanaian national has been arrested for attacking four churches in Rome and vandalising many priceless sacred statutes, including some 300 years old. The perpetrator attacked sacred art in the 9th-century Basilica of Santa Prassede, near Saint Mary Major, the church of San Martino ai Monti, and the Basilicas of San Giovanni de’ Fiorentini, on the Via Giulia, and San Vitale, on the Via Nazionale.
At about 19:30 on the 30th September the parish priest of San Martino ai Monti reported to the police that a man had damaged a statue of the Madonna and infant Jesus. Shortly afterwards, the parish priest of the Basilica of Santa Prassede reported to the police that a man had damaged two statues, one of Saint Anthony of Padua and the other of Saint Prassede. Then on the morning of 1st October the police received reports of attacks on the Basilicas of San Giovanni de’ Fiorentini, on the Via Giulia, and San Vitale, on the Via Nazionale. At these two churches the man attacked statues, candlesticks and crucifixes, while protesting that “it was not right that we worshipped in this way.”