Yesterday, a man was kneeling in prayer, Observing the All Souls day before the statue of Virgin Mary, with the photograph of a late loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five muslim immigrants.

On All Souls Day, the Church commemorates and prays for the holy souls in Purgatory, undergoing purification of “temporal punishments” before entering heaven. All Souls Day is November 2nd. These All Souls Day Prayers relate to these themes, including praying for friends, family, and others in Purgatory.

The first thing the immigrants did was rip the photo from his hands.

Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it.

Don Scarda, Priest of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.”  By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.

The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes.   Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”

Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.