Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AMERICA/CHILE – Churches destroyed: the Bishops urge us to distance ourselves from irrational violence
Santiago – The fire that led to the total destruction of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, a few meters from Piazza Italia, in the center of Santiago de Chile, marked the day of Sunday 18 October, a day of protests on the occasion of the first anniversary of the protests. Thousands of people were wounded and 30 dead in the riots and clashes with the police and the armed forces and put Sebastián Piñera’s government in crisis. The church of the Assumption was totally destroyed, including the bell tower, which collapsed due to the flames set by local demonstrators.