Uproar as Italian priest bans ‘call to arms’ prayer

A Catholic priest in a northern Italian village has clashed with his congregation after seeking to ban an historic prayer that calls for “arms against any threats” and to protect the homeland.

The priest reportedly told the faithful that since there were crowds of desperate immigrants pushing to enter Italy’s borders it was inappropriate to speak of a call to arms.

The conflict also provoked an outburst from Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, who supported the Alpini on his Facebook page.

“I am more and more baffled by ‘certain bishops’,” Salvini said.