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Church Desecration: Tabernacle Broken Into and Hosts Smeared with Excrement

What depravity!

The scene of the crime was the Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano, in Lombardy. Unknown vandals broke the tabernacle and threw the consecrated Hosts on the floor and smeared it with human excrement, with which they also defiled the altar.

The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows they blackened with the soot of candles and hot wax was poured over her head. The face of suffering Jesus and the large cross was blackened, which is venerated in the church, and gave it its name. The perpetrators stuffed wax in the mouth, ears and eyes of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Luciano Premoli called the parish to atonement and prayer. “We have been faced with such a serious, indeed, unimaginable desecration of the Holy Eucharist,” said the pastor. Because of the desecration, the church remains closed for the time being. Many believers have expressed their outrage, sadness and affection for Christ and His mother by candles and flowers in front of the church door. The mayor and the local government have offered a bouquet as a sign of solidarity. “To the perpetrators, I can only say: shame on you,” said the mayor.

On Sunday, the Rosary is prayed and the desecrated crucifix will lead the procession. Then the Episcopal Vicar Monsignor Gian Paolo Citterio will say the purification ritual for the desecrated church.

The Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano was consecrated in 1393 by the then Archbishop of Milan, Antonio de Saluzzo (1376-1401). In 1703 it was rebuilt in the Baroque style in its current form. The church belongs to the Archdiocese of Milan, and thus uses the Ambrosian rite of the Roman Catholic Church.

Police are investigating. The investigators do not want to offer an opinion as to whether or not they are Satanists or not.

 

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D-Day: 70 Years Ago, Today

Today we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Discovery has some photos:

The Allied invasion to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II took place 70 years ago today on June 6, 1944.

Operation Overlord was the largest seaborne invasion in military history, with more than 156,000 Allied troops storming the beaches of France. Soldiers in the operation made up six divisions — three American, two British and one Canadian.

Rest here.

You may also like to read A Padres Tale: How an Army Chaplain’s Diary Throws New Light on the Anniversary of D-Day.

The diary of an Army chaplain vividly illustrates the terror and bravery of the men who took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe 70 years ago on Friday.

Captain Leslie Skinner was an army chaplain who landed on the coast of Normandy on the morning of 6 June 1944 with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank regiment

Close to where fierce tank battles raged only moments earlier, an Army chaplain crouches over the lifeless corpse of a British soldier and carefully stitches him into an impromptu body bag.

During a lull in the fighting Captain Leslie Skinner holds a brief funeral ceremony over the soldier’s body, laid to rest by his comrades in a shallow grave dug into the soil of Normandy.

The pictures below, taken by a war photographer at the front line, show some of the many poignant moments captured by Capt Skinner in a detailed diary he kept of his part in the invasion of Europe in June 1944.

Now extensive sections of his powerful account are being published for the first time, as the centrepiece of the Imperial War Museum Duxford’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The diary, parts of which are being exclusively reproduced here, pays tribute to the hundreds of men from Capt Skinner’s Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank regiment who took part in the Normandy landings, and the bitter battle for northern France that followed…

Rest here.