The archbishop of
the Italian city of Genoa received a bullet in an
envelope at his office. It was the latest threatening
message for the prelate, who is leading a campaign
against same-sex unions, Vatican Radio said Sunday in
arrived Friday at the office of Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco,
who was recently elected to head the politically influential
Italian Bishops Conference, the radio report said. It
quoted a Genoa newspaper as saying the envelope also
contained a photo of the archbishop with a swastika
cut into it.
a few yards from the altar in Genoa's cathedral Sunday
as Bagnasco celebrated Mass. They were assigned to protect
the archbishop a few weeks ago after graffiti was
scrawled on buildings threatening him.
quoted the archdiocese's spokesman, Carlo Arcolao, as
calling the recent threats the work of ''very small and
psychologically weak fringes.''
Encouraged by the
Vatican, the Italian bishops have been campaigning
against a proposed Italian law that would grant certain
rights to same-sex couples but stop short of
legalizing same-sex marriage. (AP)