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75th Anniversary of the bombing of Vatican City State

It was five minutes after eight o’clock on the evening of 5 November1943, when bombs rained down on Vatican City State.

The attack, perpetrated by an unidentified fighter plane, caused no casualties but much destruction to the Vatican railway station and to the art laboratory where mosaics were made. The back wall of the “Governatorato” building -that housed offices and private appartments -was also slightly damaged

Aiming to silence Vatican Radio

According to Augusto Ferrera, author of a book entitled “1943: Bombs on the Vatican”, the aim of the bombing was to destroy Vatican Radio and its mission to keep hope alive and help families by broadcasting messages to prisoners of war.

05 November 2018, 14:24