3 bullets, written threat included in envelope delivered anonymously to the office of Monsigner Bagnasco, head of influential bishops conference
ROME The head of Italy’s influential bishops conference has received a second envelope containing bullets and a death threat, following comments he made opposing same-sex unions, police said Sunday, June 10.
The envelope with three bullets and the written threat arrived Saturday, June 9, at the Genoa archdiocese of Monsignor Angelo Bagnasco, Genoa police cabinet chief Sebastiano Salvo said.
Bagnasco heads the politically influential Italian Bishops’ Conference, and has been leading a campaign against proposed Italian legislation that would give many legal rights to unmarried couples, including gay ones.
Bagnasco was given bodyguards several weeks ago after graffiti threatening him was scrawled on buildings. On April 27, an envelope containing a bullet arrived at his office.
Salvo told The Associated Press that Saturday’s incident did not require any increase in the archbishop’s protection.
“There is no escalation in the danger,” Salvo said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the threats, Salvo said.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 15, 2007.