…“When I came down, I saw the entrance door had been smashed in,” the church’s parish priest, Father Giuseppe Ciucci, was quoted by Italian media as saying.
- The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed.
“The Virgin Mary’s statue, which was at the entrance, had been taken away and I saw it had been thrown into the street and smashed,” he said.
“I went into the sacristy and I saw the door there was also destroyed. The large crucifix at the entrance had been vandalized,” he added.
Hundreds of protesters torched cars, smashed banks and hurled rocks at police during the clashes. Tens of thousands of people had been protesting against government cutbacks and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
- VIOLENT ROME PROTEST Policemen stand in front of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran during a demonstration in Rome on Saturday, October 15, 2011, as part of a global day of protests inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" and "Indignant" movements, with the Italian capital under a security lockdown. The Vatican has condemned Saturday's violent clashes including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed. AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI
- ..."Saturday was a terrible day, perhaps the worst that Rome can remember for many years. But above all it was inexplicable," said Renata Polverini, governor of the Lazio region around Rome....
- ....Some protesters also trashed offices of the Defense Ministry and set them on fire, causing the roof to collapse, reports said....
- ...the Basilica of St. John Lateran .... is... the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the Pope, and is thus known as Omnium urbis et orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput: "Cathedral of Rome and of the World."( my translation from the latin: " MOTHER and HEAD of all the churches of the city of Rome and of the world")
... And what does the prophet say?...
- 38.7 ח מִיָּמִים רַבִּים תִּפָּקֵד
- א וְאַתָּה בֶן-אָדָם, הִנָּבֵא עַל-גּוֹג, וְאָמַרְתָּ, כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה: הִנְנִי אֵלֶיךָ, גּוֹג--נְשִׂיא, רֹאשׁ מֶשֶׁךְ וְתֻבָל. 39.1
- ו וְשִׁלַּחְתִּי-אֵשׁ בְּמָגוֹג, וּבְיֹשְׁבֵי הָאִיִּים לָבֶטַח; וְיָדְעוּ, כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה. 39.6
- Witness the sewage explosion in Gaza, just on time to greet those monsters, a most fitting welcome:
- Not to be outdone, witness the impending economic collapse of Europe, including Germany of all countries, a fitting reward for Europe's devilish treatment of the Jews throughout the ages, not forgetting their hand in our current suffering, what with their willing and eager financial and emotional support of the savages who want us all dead ( you'd think they have money to burn, wouldn't you!?):
- So, to get back to the initial story I was reporting:
- Which brings us to the main item, with a few more details added below: Shabbat Chol Hamoed Succoth's "sacking of Rome":
גּוֹג - Gog: the explanation given by Chazal for the name of the leader of the nations against Israel at the End of Days is that his name comes from the Hebrew root word "Gag", which means "roof". Jews celebrate Succoth with a Succah, an impermanent, fragile dwelling whose roof is made of branches only, a symbolic reminder that our security and safety come from God's protection alone. On the other hand, Gog and his followers feel very secure in their imposing buildings and physical structures, in their "roofs", believing in their permanence.