An image worthy of the persecution in Mexico or Spain in the first half of the last century - but no, this is Rome on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The Parish Church of Saints Marcellinus and Peter at the Lateran, in via Merulana, very close to both the Lateran and the Liberian Basilicas, was invaded by some "anti-everything" protesters: they seized the statue of the Most Blessed Virgin of Lourdes and smashed it on the ground. Other objects of the church were equally vandalized.
We must support the Bishop of Rome, our most Holy Father, in our prayers, and do our best for spiritual reparation for this sad event in the heart of Christendom. [Image source; news source: Corriere della Sera.]