Most of the parishioners who attended the end of the year mass in a church in the northern Italian region of Lombardy left, leaving the priest speechless as he delivered his homily, in which he criticized vaccines against the coronavirus and restrictions to curb the pandemic, local media reported today.
The event occurred in a church located between the provinces of Pavia and Milan, and has already been reported to the Curia of Milan. The priest, identified by the local media as Tarcisio Colombo, has defended himself against the accusations and has said that “in life you also have to know how to listen to those who have a different opinion.”
The region of Lombardy, considered the economic engine of Italy, was in 2020 the epicenter of the pandemic in this country and since the outbreak until now it has accounted for 1.2 million infections, while there have been 6.2 million nationwide. The number of deaths that accumulates already exceeds 35,000, of the 137,513 that Italy has had.
From tomorrow, Monday, this region will be one of those that enter the yellow zone, the second level of the four in the color scale defined by the Government related to the risk of contagion.
The rapid spread of the omicron variant, which has led the country to exceed the record of daily cases, has forced the Italian Government to decide that from January 10 the reinforced health certificate will be required (which is obtained in Italy when you have been vaccinated or have passed the disease ) to be able to access means of transport, as well as hotels, ceremonies or festivals. Now it is requested for leisure and to consume inside bars and restaurants.