Christian Stabbed By Migrant in Rome 'for Wearing Crucifix Necklace'
North African immigrant arrested by Italian police for attempted murder
An immigrant from North Africa has been arrested for attempted murder in Italy after allegedly stabbing a Christian man for wearing a crucifix necklace, according to reports.
The incident took place near Rome’s Termini train station, with local news reports stating that a heated argument on religion escalated into violence, with the Morrocan migrant allegedly attacking a "Catholic" man after noticing his crucifix jewelry.
The victim, a homeless man from Georgia, was reportedly drawn into an argument with the man from Morocco onboard a bus.
According to witnesses, the argument quickly escalated after the North African shouted insults at the Georgian before stabbing him and attempting to slit his throat, Il Giornale reports.
The migrant reportedly used a "kitchen knife" for the attack and allegedly shouted statements about the Georgian victim being "Italian" and "Catholic."
According to Breitbart, the Moroccan attempted to flee the scene following the stabbing but only managed to make it a few steps before he was detained and arrested.
He has since been charged with attempted murder due to religiously motivated hatred.
“Everything took place in a few moments,” one witness explained.
"The Georgian got off the bus and was heading towards the metro station in Piazza dei Cinquecento on the Via Giolitti side when the Moroccan joined him and attacked him,” the witness added.
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the conservative-populist Brothers of Italy (FdI) commented on the case on social media saying:
“If Muslims think of bringing the holy war into our house, it is time to take drastic measures: it remains only to block any kind of Islamic immigration until these ideas are clarified.”
“We intend to defend our classical and Christian roots from the process of Islamization of Europe,” she added.
The attack is just the latest anti-Christian attack to occur across Europe in recent months with neighboring France seeing an average of three churches attacked per day.
The wave of church attacks led Roman Catholic Cardinal Robert Sarah to decry the trend saying, “The acts of desecration and vandalism in the churches are highly reprehensible.”
“They are the sad reflection of a sick civilization that lets itself be swept away in the nets of evil,” he added.
"The bishops, priests, and the faithful must keep up their strength and courage."