Nuns working at a nursing home for the elderly received heavy criticism after they were caught using a poisonous substance to keep stray dogs away from the building.
By, 10 Nov 2019
Nuns from the Sacred Heart Sisters have run the nursing home in Tagliemento, Rome, for the last few decades. They dedicate their lives to caring for the sick and elderly, bringing peace, comfort, and spiritual support to those in their final years.
The strays were seen as pests by the nuns
However, it seems like their Christian charity doesn't extend to some of God's four-legged creations! Residents of the local town recently discovered the nuns were laying sulphur down around the grounds to keep away stray pooches.
When ingested, small amounts of sulphur lead to respiratory problems and stomach pains; larger quantities are toxic and may have deadly consequences.
The news first broke on a resident's Facebook page, but the story was quickly picked up by animal rights groups after somebody managed to record the nun making her very own shocking confession.
Carla Rocchi is the President of the National Animal Protection Agency. He said:
"We listened to the audio in which a nun says they are the ones to spread sulfur dust against dogs. Saint Francis would turn in his grave. We will denounce the sisters for the crime of introducing toxic substances into the environment with serious prejudice also to human health."
A sin beyond forgiveness?
St Francis is an important figure in the Roman Catholic Church, not least for being the patron saint of animals. In fact, on the 4th October every year, the Catholic Church celebrates St Francis day, where religious leaders bless all kind of furry creatures, including dogs.
So it looks like these nuns have got some serious repenting to do. We're not sure how many hail Marys it takes to absolve yourself of trying to poison a pooch, but we're guessing it's a lot!