Rome Newsroom, Sep 10, 2020 / 06:00 am
An Italian bishop spoke this week about a "climate of violence" after a 21-year-old man was beaten to death in a town south of Rome.
"It is something endemic, something which spreads, multiplies, and infects like the COVID virus," Bishop Vincenzo Apicella of Velletri-Segni told Vatican News Sept. 8.
"And if we do not find, I don't say a vaccine, but at least some antidote, we really risk that this other pandemic will overwhelm us all," he said. "We are sitting on a powder keg that can explode at any time and in any place we find ourselves."
Willy Monteiro Duarte, an Italian whose parents are from the African island nation of Cape Verde, was beaten to death in the Italian town of Colleferro in the early hours of Sept. 6, after reportedly running into a fight to protect a friend.