Italian Catholic, Jewish leaders condemn use of Nazi flag at church funeral

Rome’s Catholic archdiocese stated in an announcement that monks at the parish of St. Lucy in a central Rome neighborhood, together with the one who presided at the funeral ceremony, had no thought of what would occur exterior the church on Monday.

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Pictures on the web confirmed the coffin bearing the physique of Alessia Augello, a former member of the right-wing extremist group Forza Nuova, lined by the flag.

The diocese assertion referred to as the flag “a horrendous symbol that cannot be reconciled with Christianity” and stated the episode was an offensive instance of “ideological exploitation” of a non secular service.

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Police stated they have been investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

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Rome’s Jewish group expressed outrage that such occasions may nonetheless occur greater than seven a long time after the tip of World War II and the autumn of Italy’s fascist dictatorship.

“It is unacceptable that a flag with a swastika can still be shown in public in this day and age, especially in a city that saw the deportation of its Jews by the Nazis and their fascist collaborators,” the assertion stated.

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After a raid on Rome’s Jewish neighborhood on October 16, 1943, greater than 1,000 of the capital’s Jews have been deported, most to the Auschwitz dying camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Only 16 returned.

The Jewish group assertion on Tuesday stated the funeral incident was “even more outrageous because it took place in front of a church.”

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The same incident befell exterior one other Rome church in March of final 12 months.

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