A Greek Orthodox Church -- located in the densely-populated district of Sbarre in Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy -- was set on fire in broad daylight, the Greek Reporter website reports today (September 21, 2013).
The episode has shocked the believers and the citizens, who rushed to the scene as soon as they heard the news.
"This city is very good at throwing mud at itself," the pastor Daniel Castrizio said. "We do not want anything from anyone but the city cannot leave its children in this state of ignorance and total anarchy."
He added, "How can you speak well of a city burning churches? I believe that this is the case to give a sign, not for the Orthodox Church, but for ourselves, for the region, for the chance to pick ourselves up."