Man Sets Self on Fire at Vatican

    An Italian policeman walks on the white powder of a fire-extinguisher used to put out the blaze of a man who set himself on fire in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Thursday Dec. 19, 2013. A Vatican statement said the 51-year-old man was treated at a nearby hospital and transferred to a larger one, with serious burns to the upper part of his body. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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    An Italian man, armed with a bottle of gasoline and a note with his daughter’s phone number, entered St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican early Thursday morning, and set himself ablaze. A Jesuit priest tried to save the man, attempting to use his cape to put out the fire before police showed up with a fire extinguisher. The man, 52, is now at the hospital suffering serious burns on his torso. His motive for setting himself on fire is still unknown. The police officers who responded to the scene suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns on their hands.

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