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Suicide at Pompei shrine

Catholic World News - May 11, 2012

Pilgrims visiting the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompei, Italy, were shaken on May 10 when a man killed himself in the parking lot of the sanctuary.

Arcangelo Arpino reportedly prayed at the shrine before returning to the parking lot to shoot himself in the head. He left a note saying that his desperate act was the result of financial troubles.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 16, 2012 4:46 PM ET USA

    The longer I see this post the more my compassion is aroused. People go to shrines with all sorts of needs. It is wise to consider that at Mass itself people present themselves to God with all varieties of requests. We are often consumed with our own peculiar situations and forget that the brothers and sisters alongside in our pew might also be bleeding. How wise to glance to the left and the right even in one’s own pain and consider this! Ave...!

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