Hundreds of people of several countries gathered this morning at St. Peter’s Square (Vatican), to protest against the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI.
Hours after Mario Monti, president of the Italian Council, was received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI, the “outraged” (best known as the protesters) began to come together to demand freedom and non-shouting violence.
The protests escalated when the outraged accused the Catholic Church of corruption and Criminal branded the pope, shouting “the Vatican must pay taxes like everyone else” in an allusion to the real estate tax exemptions enjoyed by the papal palaces outside the Vatican.
Police retreated the protesters behind metal barriers around the Christmas tree. Three youths were detained for identity checks.