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Man sets himself alight on St. Peter's Square
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FILE - In this April 8, 2005 file photo, crowds pack St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the funeral mass for Pope John Paul II. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
FILE - In this April 8, 2005 file photo, crowds pack St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the funeral mass for Pope John Paul II. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
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VATICAN CITY: A 51-year-old Italian man set himself on fire on St. Peter's Square on Thursday and has been rushed to hospital, a Vatican spokesman said citing the police.

Italian news agency ANSA said the man, probably already covered in fuel, could be seen in closed-circuit footage setting fire to his clothes with a lighter.

The Vatican spokesman told AFP he had no further details on the man or the reasons for his gesture.

He has been taken to the Vatican's Santo Spirito clinic.

 
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