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ICC Note: Christian migrants at the church of St. Anthony in Ventimiglia, Italy were recently told to lower their voices during prayer as to not disturb their Muslim neighbors. Fr. Ben Kiely described this act among many as “cultural suicide” in Europe. The incident incited social media outrage and contributed to the growing frustration and fear of Middle Eastern migrants.

06/09/2016 Italy (Lifezette): Imagine reciting the rosary as you sit prayerfully, respectfully, inside your own parish church — only to be commanded, out of the blue, by volunteer workers helping a group of refugees newly arrived to your area (and of a different faith entirely) that you need to keep your voice down.

Why? Because your beautiful and loving prayers to Almighty God, in your own local house of worship, have been disturbing the Muslim migrants who are now living there.

That’s what some of the Christian faithful sitting in the pews of the church of St. Anthony in Ventimiglia, Italy, were told recently by volunteers of Caritas, a Catholic charity that has been assisting the vast numbers of European migrants, including providing them with meals and other accommodations.

This latest insult to Christians and the deference to the newly arrived Muslims from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere has upset a great many people.

“We have now entered an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world where everything is upside down,” Fr. Ben Kiely, a Catholic priest and founder of, which is helping the persecuted Christians of the Middle East, told LifeZette.

“Europe is committing cultural suicide,” Fr. Kiely added. “It has lost its heart and its soul. As Pope Benedict so wisely reminded us, the foundation of Europe is Christianity. When you destroy a building’s foundation, it collapses. This is what we are watching.”

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