At the end of the Mass for the canonization of three 19th-century founders of religious orders, including don Luigi Guanella, a loon at the end of Mass climbed out on one of the colonnade “arms” which embrace St. Peter’s Square, shouted a bit, and burned a Bible. Not quite sure what point that was supposed to make.
I haven’t yet read who the guy is. Vatican gendarmes, a bishop and the pope’s own bodyguard talked the man down from the upper reaches of the colonnade after he shouted, “Pope, where is Christ?” in English.
He is in custody.
We will see more and more of this.
From ANSA we learn that the man is a Romanian who has similar precedents in other cities. He was up on the edge of the colonnade for a half hour, threatening to thrown himself off.